The right thing for Snowmass
October 29, 2002
We have studied the issues related to the proposed new marketing and special events sales tax, and after thorough consideration we come down strongly in favor of the new tax.
In order to maintain and improve its current and future economic viability and vitality and to preserve and enhance our world class image and reputation, Snowmass must create a permanent source of funding for the marketing of the village as a whole and the creation, promotion and execution of special events.
Due to a lack of funding and other organizational problems, the resort association is no longer able to perform these functions.
Competition from other resorts is growing ever stronger. Snowmass has been suffering the ill effects of this competition for several years and will continue to suffer further erosion of its economic viability at an ever more rapid pace unless we take control of this situation right away.
The new 2.5 percent sales tax that will replace the 3.25 percent civic assessment on food, beverage and retail will apply village-wide, not just in the West Village, as does the current civic assessment, so everyone will pay their fair share, including the new Base Village and other new developments which are not covered by the civic assessment.
In order for all of us to continue to enjoy the unique lifestyle our guests and we cherish so dearly in Snowmass we offer our unqualified support of this new sales tax.
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Mel D. Blumenthal
Enclave Homeowners Association