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Lodging sales tax collections up 15 percent after Chamber focuses on fall travel

A cyclist checks out the fall colors while riding over a bridge on the Yampa River Core Trail this fall. The Steamboat Springs Chamber focused its marketing efforts on promoting September and October travel to see the changing leaves. (Photo by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The city of Steamboat Springs collected more than $2 million in sales taxes in September, a 3 percent increase from the same month last year, according to a news release.

Total collections through September 2018 are $19.3 million, a 6 percent increase from the first nine months of 2017.

The lodging and amenities category saw by far the largest increase at more than 15 percent.

Steamboat Springs Chamber Communications Manager Sarah Konopka said there were no new events in September, but marketing efforts focused on visiting Steamboat in the fall.

“We had a big fall campaign push to the Front Range for September and October,” she said.

Other categories — including grocery, restaurants and miscellaneous retail — saw gains of about 3 percent. Liquor, marijuana, sporting goods and utilities saw losses of less than 2.5 percent. Construction and home improvement saw the largest loss compared with September 2017 at more than 3 percent.

Mountain area sales tax collections were up more than 5 percent compared with September 2017. Steamboat Resort was open daily through Labor Day and Fridays to Sundays through the end of September.

Downtown Steamboat was up 2 percent, and the U.S. Highway 40 corridor and West Steamboat remained relatively flat.

Regional Steamboat had the largest increase at 13 percent. The catch-all regional area includes collections that do not fall within another collection area as well as from businesses that don't have a fixed location.

To reach Nicole Miller, call 970-871-4206, email nmiller@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @millerna.

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