The Tugboat Grill & Pub, a longstanding fixture in Ski Time Square, is set to have its contents auctioned if the owners can't come up with more than $10,000 in taxes and penalties by Sept. 11.

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The Tugboat Grill & Pub, a longstanding fixture in Ski Time Square, is set to have its contents auctioned if the owners can't come up with more than $10,000 in taxes and penalties by Sept. 11.

The Tugboat Grill & Pub auction set for Wednesday

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— The city of Steamboat Springs is taking steps to make sure it gets some of the sales tax money it’s owed when the assets and fixtures of the Tugboat Grill & Pub potentially hit the auction stand Wednesday.

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The Tugboat Grill & Pub is set to have its contents auctioned if the owners can't come up with more than $10,000 in taxes and penalties by Sept. 11.

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  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 11 a.m.
  • Tugboat Grill & Pub, 1860 Ski Time Square Drive, Steamboat Springs
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The city of Steamboat Springs is taking steps to make sure it gets some of the sales tax money it’s owed when the assets and fixtures of the Tugboat Grill & Pub potentially hit the auction stand Wednesday.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the auction scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday still was planned for nonpayment of taxes. The Colorado Department of Revenue seized the business at the end of August for the $10,846 owed by the business.

The city filed a lien for $13,516 against the business after a jeopardy assessment, which allows the city to waive the typical process for a lien if something has changed in the nature of the business that indicates there is a risk of getting paid, according to Director of Financial Services Kim Weber.

The city filed the lien Sept. 3 after learning that the state had seized the business, Weber said.

“We will file a distraint warrant to the state tomorrow,” she said Tuesday. A distraint warrant is a document filed by local government for overdue taxes that prohibit the removal and destruction of any property associated with the property.

The city has been in contact with the state tax compliance office, Weber said.

“We are just trying to make sure we cover all our bases,” she said.

In addition to business items such as kitchen equipment and fixtures, the memorabilia lining the walls of the Tugboat also will be up for auction Wednesday.

The longstanding pub has been a collecting place for community items.

Winter Olympian Tarsha Ebbern has a number of items in the Tugboat that she’d like to have back. Autographed items, photos and World Cup bibs from her ski career and others’ hang on the walls.

“It was kind of a gift to the Tugboat,” Ebbern said. “The Tugboat is such an icon to Steamboat, it was just a part of us being a part of the community.”

People know Steamboat, in part, because of the Tugboat, she said, and after the pub survived the razing of Ski Time Square, a lot of people are probably disturbed by the breakdown that has led to this point.

“I feel like it was a gift to the spirit of the community to put something in the Tugboat,” Ebbern said. “It was a way to shine. It was a cool place where everybody could do that.”

Rather than going toward a tax bill, she said, it would be better to see the items used for to benefit the community.

“I think there’s several things that could be valuable to auction for nonprofits,” Ebbern said.

And while there likely are items with significant monetary value in the Tugboat, the greatest tragedy might be the loss of a place where community memories live.

“I gave them as a gift,” Ebbern said about her items. “At the same time, it feels like it’s part of our community, and it’s sad to see those things disassembled.”

To view a list of items to be auctioned, click here. Share your Tugboat memories here.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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Harvey Lyon 7 months, 1 week ago

11, 12, 13 thousand dollars in back taxes. Relatively chump change that wouldn't fix up one stretch of US 40 median. I wonder what the Tug Boat has brought in to the City over the life of its existance. I do believe I first had breakfast there some 34 plus years ago.

I have no idea regarding the facts of this case but to me TB is a part of what makes Steamboat...Steamboat.

I do wish smarter people than I could come up with an equitable solution but I'm kind of believeing some developer has a plan and needs the land the TB sits on......and "friends" in City Hall.

My "numbers" indicate Steamboat's prime to be bought by Vail. Has anyone been following what's going on in Utah?

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john bailey 7 months, 1 week ago

yes I am Harvey, I see whats up in Utah and don't think it can't happen here. Vail is gobbling up most places I used to ski. oh and to think we almost had the Muellers.......~:0) , I think my hula broke......xit

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Scott Wedel 7 months, 1 week ago

So you proposing the city should pay the owed taxes? And pay the owed suppliers and all of the other debts?

Tax sale is basically an immediate bankruptcy liquidation sale.

Not much potential for it to be the result of nefarious plots because there have to be unpaid taxes going back a bit and it all goes away by paying the owed taxes.

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Martha D Young 7 months, 1 week ago

It's hard to imagine Ski Time Square without the Tugboat, home of Cow Patty and the Meadow Muffins and so many other memorable bands. Said facetiously, maybe the URA can help.

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Cresean Sterne 7 months, 1 week ago

I am not sure how it works, but if around $25,000 is owed I am suprised that someone hasnt stepped up to take it over. Wish I had those funds... This is truly a sad day for Steamboat.. :-(

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Mark Ruckman 7 months, 1 week ago

Harvey, are you thinking the city should help out the TB and pay their tax bill?

Do you realize the TB has already collected the majority of the owed taxes from customers and didn't send this money to the state nor city?

Why should anyone get a bailout that stole money?

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John Boyer 7 months ago

Another great Ski Time Square decision. Lot's of good memories there.

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