The Tugboat Grill & Pub auction set for Wednesday
Steamboat Springs — The city of Steamboat Springs is taking steps to make sure it gets some of the sales tax money it’s owed when the assets and fixtures of the Tugboat Grill & Pub potentially hit the auction stand Wednesday.
The city of Steamboat Springs is taking steps to make sure it gets some of the sales tax money it’s owed when the assets and fixtures of the Tugboat Grill & Pub potentially hit the auction stand Wednesday.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the auction scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday still was planned for nonpayment of taxes. The Colorado Department of Revenue seized the business at the end of August for the $10,846 owed by the business.
The city filed a lien for $13,516 against the business after a jeopardy assessment, which allows the city to waive the typical process for a lien if something has changed in the nature of the business that indicates there is a risk of getting paid, according to Director of Financial Services Kim Weber.
The city filed the lien Sept. 3 after learning that the state had seized the business, Weber said.
“We will file a distraint warrant to the state tomorrow,” she said Tuesday. A distraint warrant is a document filed by local government for overdue taxes that prohibit the removal and destruction of any property associated with the property.
The city has been in contact with the state tax compliance office, Weber said.
“We are just trying to make sure we cover all our bases,” she said.
In addition to business items such as kitchen equipment and fixtures, the memorabilia lining the walls of the Tugboat also will be up for auction Wednesday.
The longstanding pub has been a collecting place for community items.
Winter Olympian Tarsha Ebbern has a number of items in the Tugboat that she’d like to have back. Autographed items, photos and World Cup bibs from her ski career and others’ hang on the walls.
“It was kind of a gift to the Tugboat,” Ebbern said. “The Tugboat is such an icon to Steamboat, it was just a part of us being a part of the community.”
People know Steamboat, in part, because of the Tugboat, she said, and after the pub survived the razing of Ski Time Square, a lot of people are probably disturbed by the breakdown that has led to this point.
“I feel like it was a gift to the spirit of the community to put something in the Tugboat,” Ebbern said. “It was a way to shine. It was a cool place where everybody could do that.”
Rather than going toward a tax bill, she said, it would be better to see the items used for to benefit the community.
“I think there’s several things that could be valuable to auction for nonprofits,” Ebbern said.
And while there likely are items with significant monetary value in the Tugboat, the greatest tragedy might be the loss of a place where community memories live.
“I gave them as a gift,” Ebbern said about her items. “At the same time, it feels like it’s part of our community, and it’s sad to see those things disassembled.”
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