Accommodations Tax

The Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance is seeking to acquire the accommodations tax for the purpose of completing the projects within this proposal.

Below is the Accommodations Tax  "Background" and "Program Overview" provided by the Accommodations Tax Committee

Accommodations Tax Background

At the November 4, 1986 Special Election, Steamboat Springs voters approved an accommodations tax of 1% to be charged against all public accommodations of less than thirty (30) days.  In the first few years of the receipt of these new funds, small capital projects were supported.  Most notably, the first tennis bubble and the first Strings tent were partially or fully funded with the new accommodations tax.  By the early 90’s the intended use of the funds had shifted to a public golf course.  Land was purchased, designs completed and construction of the Haymaker golf course was done by bonding against future accommodations tax revenues.  Revenues proved to be sufficient to also finance the construction of a clubhouse.  These two debts are expected to be fully paid in calendar year 2013 thus freeing the accommodations tax for new uses. 

Accommodations tax has totaled between $550,000 and $650,000 in the last few years.   That is a reduction from the roaring 2005-07 years when it brought in over $800,000 annually. 

Use of the tax is prescribed by the ballot language with reads, 

“Shall the City Council of Steamboat Springs, in order to provide revenues to fund development of improvements and amenities in Steamboat Springs which will promote tourism and enhance the vitality of Steamboat Springs as a premiere destination resort, and enhance the community identity, environmental desirability and economic health of Steamboat Springs, enact AN ORDINANCE LEVYING A LODGING TAX OF 1% ON PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS OF LESS THAN 30 DAYS?”  

Ballot language is included here because use of the tax is limited by the voted language.  Therefore, every proposal presented must satisfy all elements of the ballot:  

Only a capital project or capital improvement will qualify. (Operating and maintenance costs do not qualify.)                                         

  1. The project must promote tourism in Steamboat Springs.
  2. The project must enhance the vitality of Steamboat Springs as a destination resort.
  3. The project must enhance the community identity of Steamboat Springs.
  4. The project must enhance the environmental desirability of Steamboat Springs.
  5. The project must enhance the economic health of Steamboat Springs.

Accommodations Tax Program Overview

Steamboat City Council has selected a group of six persons to review potential uses of future accommodations tax dollars and to make a recommendation to Council on best use of the dollars.  The committee is made up of three members of the lodging community, two council persons and one citizen-at-large.  The committee has determined to:

  1. Solicit two-page ideas from the public. DONE! - We are past this step.
  2. Invite those who present ideas that meet the accommodations tax ballot language requirements to submit a proposal as described herein.  (The RFP process.) DONE! - We are past this step.
  3. Invite the most compelling applicants to present their idea in a public venue. DONE! - We are past this step.
  4. Presentations will be March 20th & 21st. DONE! - We are past this step.
  5. Accommodations Tax Committee makes recommendation to City Council. DONE! - The committee selected the trails proposal.
If you are receiving this Request for Proposal (RFP) it is because your idea meets the requirements of the ballot language and the Committee would like to explore your idea in more detail.  You are invited to complete this RFP, providing information in all cases where required, and submit the finished proposal to the City Clerk, Julie Franklin at 137 10th Street or PO Box 775088, Steamboat Springs, Colorado  80477-5088.