Newly formed committee now campaigning in favor of West Steamboat annexation
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A campaign in favor of the West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation has assembled.
The annexation question will go before voters in a June 25 special election. Ballots are expected to be mailed to voters by a vendor in Glenwood Springs on June 6, according to City Attorney Dan Foote.
The Yes to Locals’ Housing committee is campaigning for a “yes” vote to the June 25 annexation question. The Let’s Vote Steamboat committee is opposed to the same measure.
“We believe that this is the right plan for our community because it creates a long-term benefit by supporting an inclusive and vibrant community and ensuring we have housing that our workforce can afford — in line with the vision we have created and maintained over time,” Beth Melton, chair of the Yes committee and a Routt County commissioner, wrote to the Steamboat Pilot & Today in an email.
“We oppose the Annexation Agreement as it is currently written. There are no guarantees on many issues of concern to the community. It’s foolish to accept an agreement with the current level of uncertainty related to housing prices, funding for transportation, cost benefits and water rights,” Let’s Vote committee member John Spezia wrote in an email to the Pilot & Today.
Melton said other Yes committee members steering the group are Ben Beall (former Routt County commissioner), Jon Quinn, Angela Ashby, Chris Slota, Kathy Coates, Matt Karzen, Helen Beall, Kristen Lillie, Paula Cooper Black, Kara Stoller, Nevada Musgrave, Matt Eidt, Pam Karzen, Michael Marchand, Roger Ashton and Veronika Slota.
“Let’s Vote Steamboat consists of a team of local citizens from a broad range of backgrounds: civil engineer, urban planner, community organizer, college professors, business managers, building consultant and real estate. We work as a group with input from others throughout the city, county, and affordable housing experts in western Colorado,” Spezia wrote in an email to the Pilot & Today.
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