Larry Brown: Fees affect tourism |

Larry Brown: Fees affect tourism

As a summer renter of a Trappeur’s Crossing property in Steamboat for the past five years, and a long-time visitor since 1974 to Steamboat Springs, I went today to see how my 1 percent lodging tax that benefits tourism was used at the Haymaker Golf Club (July 3, 2006 article).

I will agree that the new clubhouse is beautiful. The pro shop and restaurant were very nice compared to what it was years ago. However, as I saw the current rates, I noticed that resort guests pay 83 percent higher green fees in the summer than residents do ($43 for residents versus $79 for resort guests). This is troubling to me since tourism revenue has paid for this city owned facility. Haven’t the resort guests put in enough money for this facility?

If the city wants to continue this policy, expect less play from your helpful tourists.

Larry Brown
Sun City West, Ariz.

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