Craig City Council meets tonight

Council to vote on lodging tax measure on first reading

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The Craig City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the council chambers of City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

The council has several items on the agenda including the first reading of the lodging tax ballot question and ordinance.

The committee that spent several months developing the lodging tax proposal introduced the measure to the council on July 13.

After its introduction, a group of representatives from the lodging industry presented a signed petition opposing the rate of the proposed tax to the council.

The petition, which was signed by 15 area hotel representatives, stated the group would support the lodging tax up to 4.9 percent.

“Any percentage over that amount we feel would be detrimental to the lodging business in Craig,” the petition stated. “The majority of our customers are business travelers who will be passing any increases to their clients as a cost of doing business to those within our community.”

The council is also scheduled to discuss local government input of the recent sale of Bresnan Communications to the New York-based Cablevision Systems on June 14 in a deal valued at $1.365 billion.

Other items scheduled to appear in front of the council include a lease agreement extension with Colorado Northwestern Community College at the Center of Craig and a request from MJK Sales & Feed to assist in a city water system loop adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant.

Finance director Bruce Nelson will present the financial report for June in addition to monthly reports from the water and wastewater departments.

For coverage of tonight’s meeting, read Wednesday’s Craig Daily Press or visit www.craigdailypress.com.

Craig City Council agenda:

• Roll call

• Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

• Approve July 13 meeting minutes

• Approve agenda

• Consent agenda:

— Renewal of retail liquor license for Stockmen’s Liquor at 574 Pershing St. No cause shown for denial.

— Renewal of 3.2-percent beer retail liquor license for Walmart Supercenter No. 4377 at 2000 W. Victory Way. No cause shown for denial.

• Audiences:

— Audit presentation on the results of the 2009 Financial Statement Audit by James Rae.

• Other business:

— Recommendation of bid award for a skid steer/forklift for the water plant.

— Ordinance No. 1006, an ordinance submitting to the registered electors of the city at the Nov. 2 general election, the ballot question of whether the city shall be authorized to increase taxes by the levy of a lodging tax of 6.9 percent on the lodging price paid for lodging services provided in the city. First reading.

— Consider approval of a lease agreement extension with Colorado Northwestern Community College at the Center of Craig.

— Consider a request from MJK to assist in a city water system loop adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant.

— Discussion of local government input on the Bresnan-Cablevision transfer.

• Staff reports:

— Finance director Bruce Nelson will present the financial report for June

— Monthly report for the water department

— Monthly report for the wastewater department

• City manager/city attorney reports

• Council reports

• Audience comments

• Adjournment

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