Apply for New Lodging Tax Exploration Task Force – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Visit Estes Park is seeking members for the new Accommodation Tax Exploration Task Force, created in response to the passage of HB22-1117 on March 31, 2022. HB22-1117 enables Visit Estes Park, in conjunction with Larimer County and the City of Estes Park, to expand the use of local lodging tax revenue to fill gaps in workforce housing and child care needs children that exist in the Estes Valley.

Because the State of Colorado has provided the opportunity for a cohesive and meaningfully sized funding mechanism for these issues, Larimer County, the City of Estes Park, and Visit Estes Park are working together to help ensure that Community members have access to affordable workforce housing and child care options.

For the legislation to be applicable to our community, there must be a ballot initiative where voters in the local marketing district decide whether or not to allow new or existing lodging tax revenues to be used for investments in worker housing and child care. This is where the task force comes in.

The Accommodation Tax Exploration Task Force:

To provide an organizational framework to ensure effective communication and coordination between representatives of Larimer County, the City of Estes Park, Visit Estes Park, Lodging Partners, Housing and Child Care Advocates, and other local leaders in the district.

To serve as a vehicle for the collection and exchange of information and expertise to represent the interests of residents and businesses within the boundaries of the Estes Park Local Marketing District.

To provide a forum to collectively identify, discuss, study and approve solutions to regional workforce housing and childcare initiatives for consideration by the County Board of Commissioners, City Board of Directors of Estes Park and the Visit Estes Park Board of Directors.

Present recommendations to members of the Visit Estes Park Board of Directors, the Town of Estes Park Board of Directors and the Board of County Commissioners for consideration.

The task force will be comprised of city and county members as follows:

1 large hotel/motel owner

1 small hotel/motel owner

2 industry representatives from Vacation Home Owners/RV Owners/Motorhomes

2 social housing developers

2 childcare promoters

3 “at-large” community seats for those in need (childcare or housing). There is no residency requirement for at-large members.

Apply for a seat on the Lodging Tax Exploration Task Force

Important details

Interested applicants must complete their application no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2022 to be considered. The working group will meet weekly, for a total of 6-8 meetings, starting in May. Meetings will be held virtually from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.

If you know of anyone who works in Estes Park but does not live in the Estes Valley due to housing or childcare issues and may not have received this email, please pass it on to him.

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