Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ on 1A
October 14, 2016
This community is a great place to live, work and play. I am fortunate to operate restaurants in both Eagle and Beaver Creek, as well as across other communities in Colorado. One significant challenge to doing business in this wonderful community is the lack of workforce housing options. This is especially true for managerial level employees, and impacts the ability for local businesses such as mine to grow and expand.
I'm voting "yes" on 1A to help address workforce housing in a meaningful way. Eagle County is well behind our neighbors in Summit County and Pitkin County in regards to taking a responsible approach to the development of workforce housing options. In fact, I recently had to relocate, at significant expense, one of my managers from Summit County to Eagle to manage my restaurants here. The sales tax of three-tenths of a cent (three cents on every $10, exempting groceries) is a small price to pay for the return on investment that workforce housing would impact on our community. Further, I do not believe this small sales tax increase will have any negative effect on my businesses.
Our small businesses are suffering, and are unable to grow and expand, due to the housing issue. 1A is a significant step in the right direction toward ensuring Eagle County remains an attractive place to grow a business, and supports our working class professionals. It's an investment in our community, and I encourage everyone to vote "yes."
John C. Shipp
Owner, Roadhouse Hospitality Group
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