City

Salida city budget

Jan Schmidt – Finance and Administrative Services Director

At their last meeting, the City Council set November 17th as the date for a public hearing on the 2009 City budget. In the meantime, City staff and council will hold a number of work sessions to review and refine the preliminary budget numbers. We’ll be discussing the underlying estimates and assumptions in an effort to ensure the most important activities and critical projects receive funding. With current financial resources, some tough decisions [...]

Election

Mallett opposed fly fishing tournament, tourism

David Pehle, Executive Director of the international fly fishing tournament The America Cup, writes to say that Jerry Mallett effectively prevented the tournament from being held in Chaffee County, forcing a last-minute relocation of the successful event to Frisco.

Recreation

Mike Harvey explains the UP Trail project

Mike Harvey of Recreation Engineering and Planning (REP) gives a synopsis of the UP Trail project, which would route bicycle and pedestrian traffic between Salida and S Mountain through a developed culvert and establish a trail extending both upstream and down from F Street in order to mitigate trespassing issues and improve the experience for recreational users. Presented to the Salida City Council on October 6, 2008.

City

Monarch opposes Salida occupancy tax proposal

Bob Nicolls of Monarch Mountain argues first, that the $4.82 per room-night lodging tax proposed by the city of Salida will result in fewer visitors staying in Salida, and second, that the cost of community projects should be shouldered by the community, not out-of-town visitors.

Housing

Chaffee Housing Trust promotes a diverse community

The proposed Crestone Heights development is the Chaffee Housing Trust’s (CHT) first project, after a lengthy consideration of several options. The development process was above-board, public, and strongly supported by the community and the Commissioners.

Election

Chaffee County Commissioner race lean on meat

The Chaffee County Commissioner races to date have been a vegetarian pu pu platter: a plateful of tidbits but no meat. Notably absent are discussions about economic priorities, transparency in government and transportation.

Opinion

Federal tax cuts starve local services

As Citizens of the Salida School District we are being asked to agree to property tax increases this fall to support the fiscal needs of the school district. When considering whether or not to support these initiatives it is helpful to consider the consequences of national economic policy and its impact on local government.

Schools

Citizen creates property tax calculator

To help inform local residents of the impacts of ballot measures introduced by the school and city, the Salida Citizen has created an online educational tool to calculate possible property tax changes given the assessed value of a property.

Environment

UAWCD, Salida explore Nestlé approach

Officials from Salida and the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District are exploring options for collaboration on the Nestlé Waters project.

Recreation

Dustin Urban wins at World Cup

Buena Vista and South Main kayaker Dustin Urban takes top honors at the World Cup of freestyle kayaking in Augsburg, Germany, putting him in second place in the series standings.

Heritage

Input sought on Heritage Plan

A County advisory board is creating a plan to document and preserve Chaffee County’s historic and cultural treasures. The plan will set priorities and highlight preservation activities like restoring historic buildings, supporting ranchland production and creating interpretive signs for visitors.

Environment

Salida and UAWCD meet to discuss Nestlé

Representatives of the City of Sailda and Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District will meet to discuss leasing 200-acre feet of water to Nestlé Waters North America. Nestlé Waters has purchased and optioned property near Nathrop, and is proposing to develop Ruby Mountain and Bighorn springs to supply a new bottling facility in Denver.