Press Release: YVHA Working with City of Steamboat Springs to Amend Community Presentations

Published On: March 6th, 2024Categories: Press Releases

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – The City of Steamboat Springs has dismissed eight out of the nine complaints of election code violations against YVHA.

On March 6, 2024, the City informed YVHA that certain slides included in its ongoing community presentations could potentially be a violation of the Election Code. However, the City Clerk noted that “I acknowledge that this assessment is somewhat subjective in nature. Importantly, the community presentation does not include any express advocacy in favor of the Brown Ranch annexation. Indeed, the community presentation does not mention the election.”

In its efforts to comply with the Election Code, while also following its duty as a government agency to the inform the public on how YVHA is trying to solve the affordable housing crisis in Steamboat Springs, YVHA requested an Advisory Opinion from the City prior to presenting these community presentations. YVHA believes it complied with the City’s prior determination.

However, YVHA is working collaboratively with the City to amend the presentation slides in question.  YVHA will continue to give community presentations scheduled in March and April.

“We will work with the City of Steamboat Springs to ensure that our community presentation complies with the City’s interpretation of the Fair Campaign Practices Act.  In the spirit of collaboration, we have agreed to amend certain slides in our presentation. We will continue to meet with community groups that have asked for information about our upcoming developments and how affordable housing works,” said Jason Peasley, YVHA Executive Director.

“The community presentations have been very informative for us as we prepare to launch our first for-sale homes at Mid-Valley.  Questions about how homes will be allocated, as well as how deed restrictions work are popular topics in our meetings.”