Lift-ticket tax eyed for gov’t support |

Lift-ticket tax eyed for gov’t support

eagle county correspondent

VAIL ” Eagle County commissioners want to tax lift tickets to pay for roads, forest work or housing.

Commissioner Peter Runyon said the commissioners suggested a statewide sales tax for skiing at a recent meeting of Colorado Counties Inc.

“The sales tax, exempting the ski industry from sales tax, was put forward in the ’60s when the ski industry was very small and the state legislature wanted to encourage and promote it,” Runyon said. “I would argue that the ski industry is very much on its feet and has probably grown a few extra feet.”

A state legislator would have to sponsor a bill that would push the measure to the ballot, and voters would have to approve the new tax, Runyon said.

“I think it would be an ideal opportunity for the skiing public to help with some of the severe problems that are associated with their recreation activities,” he said.

The Town of Vail already institutes a lift tax.

Over the next few months, Colorado Counties Inc. will cull the proposed bills from about 100 to 25, and then the group will lobby for the passage of those bills, Runyon said.

Runyon said the proposal was put forward by all three Eagle County commissioners.

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