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Buffalo Mountain Metropolitan District voters approve sales tax

A view of condominiums from Ryan Gulch Road in Wildernest. Voters in the Buffalo Mountain Metropolitan District approved a 4% sales tax, which would be used to pay for maintenance services.
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WILDERNEST — Buffalo Mountain residents have voted to back the Buffalo Mountain Metropolitan District ballot Issue 6A, which asked voters whether they support a 4% sales tax in the district to pay for services such as snow removal and street improvements, among others.

According to election results, 62.5% of voters in the district supported the measure. The district is west of Silverthorne and includes the Wildernest community. 

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The sales tax will apply to purchases made in stores that reside within the district and to purchases delivered to a home in Wildernest. Taxes also will apply to short-term renters when they rent a unit in the district, and that tax would be collected by Airbnb or VRBO. 

Prior to Election Day, District Manager Shellie Duplan explained that the ballot question arose from a lack of funding for maintenance services, which occurred after a longtime subcontractor retired and the district saw a large jump in price in services for a new subcontractor.

The district moved forward with putting the question on the ballot based on community feedback that was largely gathered from an online survey in which 67% of respondents supported the sales tax.

Duplan said a large portion of the funding base for the sales tax initiative would come from short-term renters.

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