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Steamboat City Council set to weigh in on recommendation to buy riverside lot on Yampa Street

The Yampa Street lodging tax committee decided the lot at Seventh and Yampa streets should be the top priority for lodging tax funding. There are visions to convert the lot

— The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night will offer its first reaction to a recommendation to buy a riverside lot on Yampa Street with Steamboat’s lodging tax.

A seven-member lodging tax committee that is advising the council on the spending of the tax recently came up with the recommendation after weighing the purchase of the lot at Seventh and Yampa streets against a number of other parts of the parks and promenade project that is projected to cost more than $2.8 million.

Voters approved the city spending $900,000 on Yampa Street improvements throughout the next three years.

As they present to the council, lodging tax committee members will stress that while the purchase and eventual conversion of the lot into a pocket park is their top priority, they want to accomplish the entire promenade project with other funding sources.

Also Tuesday, the trails lodging tax steering committee will update the council on the work it has done in recent weeks.

The lodging tax updates will headline a City Council meeting that also could have implications for city water customers who don’t pay their bills on time.

Public Works Director Chuck Anderson will ask the council to increase the turn-on and turn-off fees that late payers face on water and sewer accounts from $25 to $100.

According to information provided to the council, an average of 90 percent of the city’s 3,200 water customers pay their bills on time.

However, a small number of customers delay payment to the point of having their water turned off.

The aim of the ordinance would be to deter habitual offenders and reduce the amount of time city staff has to spend on these small number of delinquent accounts.

The fee has remained the same since 1973.

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