Steamboat Today: Vote ‘yea’ on 5A
Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - October 18, 2017 - Updated: October 18, 2017
Steamboat Springs has been debating the issue of affordable housing for years now, and this fall, citizens have the opportunity to take some action when they consider Referendum 5A, which appears on the Nov. 7 ballot.
The ballot measure, proposed by the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, asks local voters to approve a one-mill property tax levy to create a dedicated funding source for the development of low-income, seasonal and permanently affordable housing, and it’s a solution the Steamboat Pilot & Today is squarely behind.
We watched as YVHA successfully completed The Reserves at Steamboat this year at the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road. The low-income housing project is now fully occupied and is home to 53 school-aged children whose parents most likely work in Steamboat and couldn’t afford to live here if the Reserves didn’t exist.