Last updated 3:46PM ET
December 11, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Hike In Lodger's Tax Could Be On November Ballot
(2007-07-25)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Durango City Voters may be asked in November to approve an increase in the city lodger's tax from 2-percent to 5-percent.
KSUT's Victor Locke Reports.

VICTOR: The Durango Business Improvement District wants to fulfill a 20-year dream and build a Confernce Center, which BID's Rod Barker says would go downtown and help boost Durango's economy.
BARKER: THE SIZE OF THE FACILITY THAT I THINK WOULD BE OPTIMAL IS SOMEWHERE IN THE 26 TO 28 THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OF ADDITIONAL USABLE SPACE FOR CONFERENCES. THE TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT IS REALLY HARD TO SAY. IT'S PROBABLY SOMEWHERE BETWEEN, LET'S SAY, EIGHT TO TEN MILLION DOLLARS.
2-percent of the increase, paid by lodgers, would raise about 600-thousand dollars annually to pay for the center.
The other 1-percent would be used for marketing according to Durango Area Tourism Office Director John Cohen.
COHEN: WE JUST CAN'T BUILD IT AND ASSUME THAT THEY WILL COME. WE NEED TO HAVE A DEDICATED, FOCUSED MARKETING EFFORT TO PROMOTE DURANGO AS A MEETING DESTINATION.
City Council is expected to be asked to approve ballot language in late August shortly after a feasibility study on the project is finalized.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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