Steamboat lodging tax plan to move forward
April 5, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs' 1 percent lodging tax won't stop supporting the Haymaker Golf Course until 2014, but the city already has initiated a process to decide what to spend it on next.
A five-member committee — which will include three members of the Steamboat Springs Lodging Association, City Council member Cari Hermacinski and a council-appointed public volunteer — is expected to form by May 1 and start a nine-month process to identify what to do with the tax that last year netted the golf course $634,359.
The city will accept applications through April 13 from members of the public who are interested in serving on the committee.
Lodging Association Chairman Larry Mashaw told the City Council on Tuesday night that the committee will be charged with identifying a potential use for the tax by the end of this year.
"We want this to be an open and public process knowing there will be lots of folks with good ideas as to how to best use this money going forward," Mashaw said.
According to a timeline City Council approved Tuesday night, the committee will start accepting proposals for the use of the tax in June and finalize a list by September. Lodging Association officials hope to present to the City Council by December a final recommendation about how to spend the money.
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A year ago, the City Council started to discuss the future use of the lodging tax revenue, but a formal process didn't develop at the time. The council's initial conversations in April 2011 attracted representatives of local entities, including Haymaker Golf Course, Old Town Hot Springs, the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association, members of which were interested in benefiting from the tax in the future.
Voters overwhelmingly approved the tax on public accommodations in 1986, and the revenue since has been used to fund the Strings Music Festival tent, the Haymaker Golf Course and the Tennis Center.
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