The Lodging Tax Exploration Task Force has sunset. A final report was presented to the Board of County Commissioners, Town of Estes Park Trustees and Visit Estes Park Board of Directors on August 1, 2022. See the final report.
Please find a list of relevant studies, data and resources reviewed by the Lodging Tax Exploration Task Force and the Visit Estes Park Board of Directors.
Larimer County, the Town of Estes Park, and the Estes Park Local Marketing District (a.k.a. Visit Estes Park) are working together to help ensure that community members have access to affordable workforce housing and childcare options. One of the most significant barriers to ensuring this access is a consistent and meaningfully-sized funding mechanism.
During the 2022 Colorado Legislative Session, a mechanism has emerged for the Estes Park Local Marketing District, in collaboration with Larimer County and the Town of Estes Park, to expand the use of local lodging tax revenue to address gaps in the need for workforce housing and childcare.
Known as HB22-1117, the Colorado House passed the bill in February and the Colorado Senate passed it in March. The governor signed the bill into law on March 31, 2022. The bill is scheduled to become law 90 days after the end of the legislative session. For the legislation to be applicable to the local community, there must be a ballot initiative where voters in the local marketing district decide whether to authorize the use of new or existing lodging tax revenue for investments in workforce housing and childcare.
In response, a Lodging Tax Exploration Task Force has been formed in order to foster regional coordination and cooperation and to:
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