Lift tax won’t be on ballot |

Lift tax won’t be on ballot

Daily Staff Writer

BRECKENRIDGE – Resident Carol Rockne has killed her petition drive to put a 2.5 percent lift tax on the Nov. 2 ballot.In a Monday letter to the Breckenridge Town Council, Rockne said her idea became too controversial and she did not want her idea to conflict with the town’s own initiative to enact a half-penny sales tax increase to bolster resort marketing efforts.Rockne has long campaigned that the town impose a lift tax to help the town budget and finance amenities that improve the resort.This summer, she took it in her own hands by pulling the paperwork to create a citizen’s ballot initiative.Breckenridge Ski Resort chief Roger McCarthy opposed the tax and last Tuesday, elected officials added their displeasure.Mayor Ernie Blake said the tax could be a good idea at some point, but not at this time when the ski resort is proving itself to be a good corporate citizen.Rockne wrote that some potential petition signers were hesitant because they feared repercussions, but she was confident the measure would have passed with anonymous voting.For the full text of Rockne’s letter, please see page A13.- Daily News staff report

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