Letter to the editor: Why should taxpayers subsidize housing for Vail Resorts? | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the editor: Why should taxpayers subsidize housing for Vail Resorts?

John Reich

Breckenridge Town Council’s short-term rental fee of $400 per bedroom — levied on homeowners/taxpayers to fund housing for employees who cannot otherwise afford mountain housing — is misdirected.

Why are the giant ski corporations and many other businesses that line Main Street Breckenridge not being asked to fund workforce housing exclusively, since it is these very entities that require these workers. Either fund and build the housing at their expense or have them pay their workers at a wage level sufficient to cover the expense of housing.

Why should the Colorado taxpayer subsidize Vail Resorts and other business entities? Place the cost burden where it belongs. Higher prices to cover these costs will be shouldered primarily by the visitors who use these facilities, not the local taxpayer. Apparently, Vail Resorts and other business lobbies and Town Council businessmen are feathering their own nests at the expense of local home and condo owners.


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