Gene Bilodeau: Vote yes on lodging tax
October 22, 2010
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To the editor:
I would ask voters to consider a yes vote for the proposed lodging tax question that is on this year's local ballot.
The many people who support the lodging tax realize that in order to draw visitors, tourists and potential citizens to our area, we must have the ability to attract them and offer amenities once they arrive.
This lodging money will be generated by individuals outside of Craig and Moffat County, not local citizens.
With coal, natural gas and oil coming under such close scrutiny, it's important that as a community we look at additional ways to diversify our economy.
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We are increasingly realizing the many offerings we have to share with individuals who do not have the privilege of living in this part of Colorado.
In order to bring people here and keep them for a period of time, we must market our area and what it has to offer as well as provide additional community appeal.
Fortunately, we have community members like Lou Wyman, who has put a good deal of time, energy, and his own resources into a project that has been a wonderful addition to Craig and Moffat County.
Unfortunately, there is only one Lou Wyman. With the local, state, and federal budgets being what they are, we must find new ways to manufacture dollars to infuse into our community, and that is what the lodging tax will do.
The money generated from the lodging tax has been set up to be spent wisely.
Three percent will go towards capital construction and maintenance for potential projects such as an events center or enhance our Visitors Center; 3 percent will go towards tourism to market Craig and Moffat County; and .6 percent will go towards helping with economic development in Craig and Moffat County. The final .3 percent will go to enhance the current efforts of the beautification of Craig.
There are some, but not all, members of the local lodging community who are resistant to this tax. I believe as the economy improves, which it will do in time, coupled with the increase in visitors and tourism through the lodging tax efforts, those hesitant of the tax will ultimately be pleased with its passage.
Please visit http://www.progressforcraig.com to learn more. And please realize your yes vote on 2B is a yes vote for the future vitality of Craig.