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Lodging tax committee meeting today

Brian Smith

Craig City Council member Terry Carwile said it's important for local residents to have an interest in the future of their community.

Residents will have such an opportunity during the Craig lodging tax committee meeting at 6 p.m. today at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

Carwile contends im-

plementation of a city lodging tax would shape the future of Craig for the better.

This will be the second meeting of the committee, which is in charge of developing the ballot question to present before Craig voters in November.

During an April 21 meeting, committee members decided to the set the proposed tax at 6.9 percent and elect former Craig Mayor Dave DeRose as committee chairman.

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At today's meeting, the committee will discuss how lodging tax money collected could be allocated, and attempt to finalize the language of the ballot question. The committee will also discuss the possibility of forming another committee to educate the public about the proposed measure, Carwile said.

The idea behind the tax, which is collected from people staying in various forms of lodging in Craig, is to fund marketing, promotions and events to increase tourism in the area.

Other ideas have surfaced regarding the possibility of using collected revenue to fund capitol projects such as a larger visitor center, convention center or recreation center.

Carwile presented the lodging tax idea at the March 23 City Council meeting, and an April 7 community workshop fostered positive feedback on the issue.

The city council must approve the ballot question before it goes on the November ballot.

Moffat County government currently implements a 1.9-percent lodging tax, which funds the Moffat County Tourism Association.

If Craig voters approve a city lodging tax, the county would not be able to collect its tax within city limits.

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