Lodging tax increase to bolster recreation, Silt town official says
An increase in lodging tax could enhance several recreational amenities around Silt, a town official said.
“It’s a better way to enhance our children’s recreation offerings,” Silt Town Manager Jeff Layman said.
On election day April 5, Silt voters decide whether they want to increase the town’s lodging tax from 2.5% to 5%. The tax applies to overnight stays of more than 30 days.
If passed, between $60,000-$90,000 will be generated in the first fiscal year alone.
In 2021, Silt Town Board adopted the Arts, Recreation and Culture master plan. This plan essentially established a mix of wants and needs that could better centralize the town.
Right now, the Western Garfield County town offers youth soccer and basketball leagues.
“We’d like to do Tee-ball, baseball and volleyball,” Layman said. “We just don’t have the funds to keep all that stuff going.”
Accumulated funding will also help support infrastructure projects established throughout Silt parks.
Among them, the to-do list includes replacing dangerous sidewalks and recreation paths, replacing a decaying gazebo at Veterans Park and even designing a path planned to run between the town and Coal Ridge High School.
In addition to bolstering recreation and parks, Layman said a lodging tax increase will help support city concerts. Each year, Silt puts on an outdoor music series called Party at the Pavilion.
Silt itself has two hotels. There’s the Holiday Inn Express south of Interstate 70 as well as the Red River Inn on U.S. Highway 6.
“This is a tax that everyone in town should like because there’s almost nobody in town that would ever pay any of this tax,” Layman said. “This is a lodging tax, so the only people who are paying it stay in our lodging facilities.”
Hotels aren’t the only businesses providing overnight stays in Silt. There’s also a KOA campground south of Interstate 70.
“Those are the people who pay that tax,” Layman said. “By and large, Silt residents benefit greatly.”
Silt Town Clerk Sheila McIntyre said voters have until 7 p.m. April 5 to get their ballots in. The ballots were mailed out March 14-21.
There have been no comments opposing the ballot.
McIntyre cautions that people can still mail in their ballots to town hall but cautions it may not arrive on time to be counted.
“We have a standalone ballot box so people can drop them off 24/7,” she said.
Silt Town Hall is located at 231 N. Seventh St.
In addition to April 5’s lodging tax ballot question, voters will decide who they want to represent them on the Board of Trustees. Seats up for election this year are Derek Hanrahan, Andreia Poston, Jerry Seifert, Samuel Flores and Mayor Keith Richel.
Election day begins at 7 a.m.
Reporter Ray K. Erku can be reached at 612-423-5273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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