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Janet Williams: Wary about BID

I would like to compliment our city and county on their snow removal of our streets and alleys. After seeing other cities with their snow removal problems, we should be proud.

Now I would like to voice my opinion on the Main Street Business Improvement District. We have lived in Steamboat Springs since 1969. We raised two children in this community. We have had a business in Steamboat Springs and have kept between 10 and 30 employees for all of those years.

We also own two parcels on Oak Street. We rent them to businesses. That makes them commercial, so we pay dearly for the property tax – at least double than if they were rented as residential.

I believe that our taxes are high enough. Why would it be our responsibility to take care of our neighbors’ businesses? We have never once asked the community for help.

I strongly believe that it is up to the property owners to keep their own buildings up, take care of the snow removal and advertise, if needed. I can remember when the owner of the Riverbend restaurant paid for fliers about his restaurant and delivered them to the stores at the mountain. He even ran his own shuttle to take customers to and from his restaurant at no expense to the community.

Does this Business Improve-

ment District give an individual an incentive to make it on his own, or are we making a society that wants everything done for them? Do we need or want more government control?

Janet Williams

Steamboat Springs

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