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Steamboat City Council works through 2018 budget

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Free Summer Concerts group, the police department and the tourism industry were a few of the winners during the city of Steamboat Springs' day-long budget discussions Tuesday.

With sales tax collections only expected to increase 3.5 percent next year, councilwoman Kathi Meyer said the council was making careful decisions, especially until they learned what sort of revenues the city sales tax generates during the upcoming ski season.

She said 60 percent of the city's revenues are created during a four-month period.

"Everybody gives a little bit," Meyer said. "It really has been a collaborative effort."

The city's departments had requested eight additional full-time employees. After discussions among the departments, the city ultimately pitched three new positions to the council.

Those positions included a police sergeant, police administrative assistant and a procurement and risk coordinator.

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The council gave its support for those positions.

For 2018, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association requested their summer marketing budget be increased to $800,000 as well as another $100,000 for a program that has helped event organizers offset some of their costs, such as traffic control.

Several council members expressed their desire to have the money used on events that do not happen during the busiest time of the summer.

"I feel like the community has definitely spoken up about events in July and August," councilwoman Lisel Petis said. "They're fed up."

The council also gave their initial approval to providing $35,000 for the Free Concert Series.

"We're coming off one of the best years in terms of quality," Free Concert Series board president Coleman Cook said. "Just a lot of good momentum. We'd like that $35,000 to stay in place."

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