Dewey and Janet Williams: Oak Street should not be part of BID
My husband and I have owned the properties at 437 and 427 Oak Street since the early ’70s. We have always felt that, if we own it, we take responsibilities for the upkeep.
We have maintained our snow, trash and miscellaneous other items for all these years. We installed our sidewalks at our own expense before the city installed the gutters and sidewalks for the rest of Oak Street.
We maintain our properties so that they always look nice. We do not need to have a tax for the city do these things, and we certainly do not think we should help pay for the owners of businesses on Oak Street, Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street to take care of their own expenses.
Our business owners do not need marketing. They serve mostly locals. Seems like every year the commercial property tax is increased. We then pass the expense on to our renters.
How much longer will businesses be able to afford the price of doing business in Steamboat Springs? The last time we had to increase the rent due to an increase in property tax, one of our tenants voiced this concern.
We do not think it is fair to include Oak Street in with this business improvement district — BID — tax. Of course, Lincoln and Yampa owners would like these benefits, but I feel that Oak Street property owners will be outnumbered.
Dewey and Janet Williams
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