Carbondale lodging tax OKd

Lynn BurtonPost Independent Staff

Carbondale voters approved a 2 percent lodging tax 505-219 in Tuesdays election.The tax, assessed on overnight stays at motels, lodges and bed and breakfasts in the Carbondale town limits, will be used to promote the towns tourism industry. It is expected to raise $50,000 to $80,000 per year.The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce has presented the town with a two-year draft plan for spending the money. Details include: An increased Internet presence and enhanced town Web site. A town logo and catch phrase. An informational packet and brochure. Hiring a public relations firm to convince newspapers and magazines to print articles about Carbondale. Advertising on Aspens Channel 16.Ballot question 2A also authorizes the town to use lodging tax funds to repair and improve the towns visitors center, or to build a new visitor center.The bulk of the tax will be assessed against the towns two motels, the 69-room Days Inn and 76-room Comfort Inn & Suites.Managers at the Comfort Inn & Suites supported the tax, while those at Days Inn opposed it.Owners of the 21-room Thunder River Lodge, which sits just outside the town limits, supported the tax, and said they will voluntarily assess a 2 percent fee on nightly bills for the tourism campaign.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext.

Carbondale Lodging TaxYes, 505, 70 percentNo, 219, 30 percent

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