City, county to host lodging tax workshop

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What: Craig City Council, Moffat County Commission public workshop to discuss possible city lodging tax

When: 6:30 p.m. April 7

Where: Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

• The meeting is open to the public.

The Craig City Council will host a public workshop at 6:30 p.m. April 7 at City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., to discuss the possibility of implementing a city lodging tax.

The Moffat County commission also will attend the workshop.

City Council member Terry Carwile proposed the lodging tax idea during the March 23 City Council meeting, citing declining city sales tax numbers and a lack of energy impact money for capital projects.

Carwile said implementing a city lodging tax, a portion of which could be used to expand tourism, would reinvest back into Craig, eventually boosting tourism, sales tax numbers and the local economy as a result.

Currently, Moffat County imposes a 1.9 percent tax on lodging, which funds the Moffat County Tourism Association. The county’s lodging tax was approved in 1987 and took effect in 1989.

The current lodging tax collected by the county is limited by state statutes to no more than 2 percent.

In 2009, Moffat County collected $155,260.51, which was distributed to MCTA.

A city lodging tax would not have to adhere to the county’s 2-percent collection, and it would not be required to fund tourism.

If the city were to implement a lodging tax, the county would have to withdrawal its collection of taxes within city limits.

Any implementation of a new lodging tax in the city would have to be approved by Craig voters.

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