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Deadline to apply for seat on new lodging tax committees is Friday

Scott Franz
Two seven-member steering committees will help to oversee the funding of the Yampa River Promenade and local trail projects.
Scott Franz

— Routt County residents have until Friday to apply for their chance to help oversee the spending of Steamboat Springs’ lodging tax dollars on trails and the Yampa River Promenade.

And they’ll be asked to hit the ground running.

Eric Meyer, one of the leaders of the Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance, told the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night that if he had his way, the committees would get to work the day after they’re interviewed and seated Dec. 17.

“Time is of the essence,” he said.

The council on Tuesday night spent some time figuring out its vision for the two separate steering committees that will be formed.

They agreed that the city will itself become sort of the project manager on the trails and the promenade work done in the city, while the steering committees will be given a budget and asked to prioritize the funding for certain projects.

Council members also were resolved that the city devise certain mechanisms by which the success of the new amenities could be measured.

However, several council members acknowledged it could be impossible to fully determine if the amenities themselves are responsible for increased sales tax revenue and visitor stays.

It ultimately will be up to the City Council to decide what does or doesn’t get funded.

The budget for the two types of projects is projected to be $600,000 next year. That amount will be split evenly between the trails and the promenade as outlined in the ballot that was overwhelmingly approved by voters last month.

The trails steering committee will include one member of the Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance, a Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association member, one member of the lodging community and four at-large seats.

The steering committee for the Yampa River Promenade will be identical except that it will include a member of the downtown revitalization committee instead of a person from the Trails Alliance.

The three fixed seats will carry three-year terms and the at-large seats will carry two-year terms.

The city clarified that any resident of Routt County can apply to serve on the committee.

Applications are due to the city by 5 p.m. Friday and can be dropped off at City Hall or emailed to jfranklin@steamboatsprings.net.

Find a copy of the application here.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.


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