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A Tax on Lift Tickets? NOT!

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Good grief! As if the Colorado ski industry doesn't have enough issues, now an Eagle County Commissioner wants to propose a "use tax" on lift tickets? Great! Now people really have a reason not to ski Colorado!

Say it isn't so!
post #2 of 9
That would suck!!
post #3 of 9
Drop in Oct 15 for the meet and greet

The I-70 corridor is a concern for them . Wouldn't a use tax help fund the solution caused by those creating the problem ? Who else are they targeting ?
post #4 of 9
This is typical. A bunch of local liberals think they can get away with taxing the tourists to fund their highways and schools. I'm shocked!

BK
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This is typical. A bunch of local liberals think they can get away with taxing the tourists to fund their highways and schools. I'm shocked!

BK
Are you sure they're liberals?
post #6 of 9
States such as VT and MA already levy sales tax on lift tickets.
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Are you sure they're liberals?
Yep:

http://www.prunyon.com/
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Originally Posted by Powderdog View Post
Are you sure they're liberals?
It doesn't matter. Every community tries to raise revenue from anyone but the local voters. Alaska is arguably the most libertarian state, but their oil extraction taxes (which are paid by oil companies but passed on mostly to out-of-staters) are so high that they have money to refund to locals.
I bet almost every ski area is one of the largest taxpayers in its own county, regardless of whether you can actually determine how much tax is adding to your lift ticket. Vermont even grabs a piece of ski town tax revenue and gives it to the other communities in the state for education.
It's ironic for a ski town local to be complaining about taxes on tourists, when the ski business adds significant cost to local government and there's no one else to tax but the locals.
FWIW a lift ticket tax is probably better for the ski area as well, at least compared to a property tax of an equal amount. In low sales years, taxes will be lower, but a property tax needs to be paid whether you made any money or not. That's important for a business whose revenue varies with the weather.

BK
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Every community tries to raise revenue from anyone but the local voters.
It's a tried and true method. Most cities put exhorbiant taxes on rental cars and hotel rooms to pay for local amenities because it doesn't stop tourists (when have you ever heard, "I'm not going to X city, their rental car tax is too high!") and it hurts locals either not at all or less than a property tax increase.
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