Steamboat Springs School District and city remain far apart on URA harm
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs city staff and the Steamboat Springs School District school board remain in outspoken disagreement of how the mountain urban renewal authority has financially impacted the district, citing figures hundreds of thousands of dollars apart for the alleged harm of redirecting property taxes.
Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Brad Meeks said he supports the stance the school board has taken but acknowledges the harm caused by the mountain URA is interpreted differently between the district and city.
Meeks said he is hopeful that the June 1 passage of the Urban Redevelopment Fairness Act will address a key gap that has existed in urban renewal authority processes in the past, including here in Steamboat.
With the law going into effect in January, city staff are still gauging how the legislation would affect the existing mountain URA and a potential downtown URA.
Meeks supported the law’s requirement that all taxing entities would be involved when a URA is discussed.
“In my opinion, having each of the taxing entities at the table will help create a better plan for the entire community should there be a need for the a URA,” Meeks said. “This will certainly contribute to the spirit of cooperation that should exist between all forms of government.
“I believe the public expects their governing bodies to work together as much as possible,” Meeks added.
Meeks said that while there could still be disagreements between entities, this method would have a better chance of creating a final product that will be supported by constituents.
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