Lodging tax to be paid to voters in Glenwood Springs this fall

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Glenwood Springs City Council voted Thursday to submit a 2.5% lodging tax proposal to voters.

The vote was 6 to 1 to put a 2.5% lodging tax proposal on the November ballot, with Councilman Tony Hershey voting the only “no”.

Almost all the seats were taken by supporters at the city council meeting this evening. The Mountain Voices Project brought together a group of local supporters to advocate for affordable housing for the workforce and ask council to vote unanimously.

Hershey said at the meeting that he voted no because he wanted the tax to be higher, pointing out that next year the city will need more money to support affordable housing development.

Mayor Jonathan Godes said the lodging tax, if approved by voters, would be just the beginning of the revenue needed for affordable housing in Glenwood Springs.

“It’s the bare minimum,” he said. “My goal is to get as much revenue from as many sources for as long as possible to get as much affordable housing as possible in this community. I will look to expand this tax in the future if possible.

Although a few people took issue with how the money will be spent or if it will harm the accommodations or overall business of Glenwood Springs, the majority present on Thursday were entirely supportive.

If this tax passes on the ballot, it will bring in an additional $1.35 million a year and $6.75 million over five years — and provide $10 million to $12 million in bonding capacity. The levy will have its own fund and will not add to the general workforce housing support fund.

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