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ThemnumentalsuccessesfValCmmnsandthetwnstherhusngprgramshaveallwedfrmrefamlesandndvdualstlventhetwnfull-tmeandmanylkemyselfhavebecmeverycvcallynvlved.KnewbyEmplyeehusngwnersnce1996TwnCunclMember00-011ValLcalHusngAuthrtyMember001currentliVinginVailSince1996thetownhashelpedmorethan175localemployeespurchasehomeswithinVailsboundaries.TheBuzzardParkunitslocatedonthegroundsofthePublicWorkscomplexnorthofthegolfcoursehaveprovidedtheresourcesneededtoreduceseasonalovertimecostsandprovideasteadystaffforthetownsseasonaloperations.EagleRiverWaterSanitationDistrictfoundthatproximitycountswhenemployeesneedtorespondtoafter-hoursemergencies.ThetownpartneredwithERWSDtoprovide18for-saleunitscentrallylocatedinVail.Prioritywasgiventocriticalemployeessuchasemergencyresponders.VailCommonsATurningPoint95FromtheoutsetndingajobinVailwaseasy.Thechallengewasndingaplacetolive.Overtimecouchsurngandcarcampingbecameariteopassageormanyyoungworkers.Themunicipalgovernmenthadlongunder-stoodthedilemmaandin1978askedvoterstoconsidercreationoarealestatetransertaxtobeusedoremployeehous-ingaswellasopenspaceandrecreationalorparkpurposes.Themeasureailed.Theconclusionleavehousingtotheprivatesector.By1995withstudiesshowinganalarminggapbetweenanemployeesincomeandthecostohousingMayorPeggyOsterossandtheTownCouncilcourageouslystoodbeorethecom-munityandexpandedtheroleogov-ernment.Thetowngovernmenttheyinsistedmustdeliveremployeehousingacrucialcomponentothelocaleconomy.The6.6-acreVailCommonspropertyacquiredbythetownin1993becamethebattlegroundorthenewhousingpolicy.Plansoramixedusedevelopmentonthesitestirredcommunityemotionsandpromptedpetitionssignedbyhundredsoresidentsopposedtotheproject.Despitetheuprisingandthreatenedlitiga-tiontheTownCouncilstayedthecourseandvoted7-0inSeptember1995tomoveorwardwithconstructiono53or-salehomes18rentalunitsadaycarecenterandaull-servicegro-cerystoreinpartnershipwithCityMarket.Thedevelopmenteventuallygainedacceptancebythecommunityandservedasacatalystoraddi-tionalhousingprojectstobecompletedlaterinthedecade.Vailvotersapprovecharteramendmentrequiringvoteofelectoratetochangeuseordisposeofdes-ignatedopenspace.VailCommonsdeed-restrictedfor-salehousingde-velopment53unitsapprovedinWestVail.Developmentalsoincludesgrocerystoreand18rentalemployeehousingunits.HousingPolicyPlannerstaffpositioncreatedbyTownofVail.EagleBahnGondolareplacesoriginalLionsheadGondola.AdventureRidgeopensonVailMountain.1996WestVailround-aboutsadded.FreeAfter3pilotparkingprogramlaunched.ApolloPartnersownerofVailAssoci-atessince1992ex-pandsgoespublicanddeliversnewnameVailResortsInc.1997AdoptionofLions-headRedevelopmentMasterPlanservesasframeworkforfutureredevelopment.Localwaterprovid-ersdevelopEagleParkReservoirforsnowmakingandcommunitywaterneeds.1998RenovationsmadetoSliferSquareVillageTransportationCenterSeibertCircle.VailhostsWorldAlpineSkiChampionships.Vailvotersapprove1.4lodgingtax.1999LodgingTaxElevatesSummerMarketing99SummerbusinessgotabigboostonNov.21999whenVailselectorateapproveda1.4percentlodgingtaxorsummerandshoulderseasonmarketing.Thevotewas827to233.WhilethetaxhadinitiallybeenstructuredtoincludeAvonandBeaverCreekaVail-onlytaxwaspursuedwhentheotherplayerswithdrewsupport.TodaytheVailLocalMarketingDistrictBoardwhichiscomprisedotheVailTownCouncildetermineshowtheestimated2millioninannualtaxcollectionsaretobespentwithguidancebyapaneloappointedmarketingexperts.Since2000thetaxhasgeneratedmorethan24millionorsummermarketingwhichhasresultedinVailbeingtheleaderinthemountainresortindustrywithyear-roundbrandingandmarketingefortsdomesticallyandinternationally.CartoonistDonSidleshumorappearedregularlyintheVailTrailnewspaperduringthe1990s.allingoodHumorFilmmakerWarrenMillerapart-timeresidentofVailhadoncechastisedtownleadersfortheirdecisiontobuildroundabouts.Thegood-humoredcolumnistchangedhistunefollowingconstructionadmittinghewaswrongasillustratedinhiseatingcrowcartoon.1ARETRoSPECTiVE