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Despite promising early returns, Rifle lodging tax fails

Heidi Rice

For most of the evening during Tuesday night’s general election, a proposed lodging tax for the city of Rifle looked as if it was going to pass.It didn’t. Unofficial final results posted early Wednesday morning showed the measure failed with 1,387 voters opposing the tax and 1,261 in favor – a 52 to 48 percent margin.The proposed 2.5 percent sales tax increase was slated to promote and market the city of Rifle to attract more visitors and tourists. The fee would only have been paid by those staying in the city’s motels for 29 days or less.The tax had been endorsed by the Rifle City Council, the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority and the Rifle Metropolitan Park District.”I’m sorry for the loss of the vote for the tax because the benefits far exceeded the cost to the locals,” said Mayor Keith Lambert.Two of Rifle’s four existing motels opposed the tax, saying the increase would drive customers away from their business.The tax called for an additional $1.25 per night on top of existing rates. The money was expected to bring in $50,000 per year to the city of Rifle.The tax called for an additional $1.25 per night on top of existing rates. The money was expected to bring in $50,000 per year to the city of Rifle.


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