Craig City Council delays 2nd reading of lodging tax

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At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 5-0, July 27 meeting minutes.

• Approved, 5-0, the meeting agenda.

• Approved, 5-0, July bills totaling $474,725.23.

• Denied, 5-0, renewing the 3.2-percent beer retail license for City Market, 505 W. Victory Way. No one from City Market appeared at the meeting.

• Approved, 5-0, a special events permit for the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads for Art in the Parking Lot on Sept. 18 at 150 E. Victory Way.

• Approved, 5-0, reappointing Sid Arola to the planning and zoning commission.

• Approved, 5-0, a change to an LLC for Casa Loya Mexican restaurant at 351 Ranney St.

• Heard July’s monthly report from the Craig Police Department.

The Craig City Council tabled Tuesday night the second reading of the lodging tax proposal that voters could see on the November general election ballot.

Because council members Gene Bilodeau and Joe Herod were absent from the meeting due to Tuesday’s Republican primary election, the second reading of the proposal was moved back to the council’s next scheduled meeting.

“We will postpone it until our Aug. 24 meeting,” Mayor Don Jones said. “That will give us enough time to fulfill our legal requirements, with enough time to still get it on the ballot.

“We want to have a full council to be able to discuss the lodging tax.”

Funds from the 6.9-percent lodging tax, an idea that originated with city council member Terry Carwile, would be used for marketing, promotions and area events in an effort to increase tourism and perhaps bolster tax revenues.

The proposal has been met with opposition by some local lodging industry representatives, who contend the percentage is too high of a levy.

During its July 28 meeting, the city council approved, 5-1, a first reading of the proposal and placing it on the November ballot.

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