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Accommodations Tax Reserve Committee
The Committee
City Council established a citizens committee to identify options and make a recommendation to city council regarding use of Accommodation Tax Reserve funds.  The committee was appointed in January, 2017.  It is anticipated that the committee will meet twice a month for the first six months and check in with council formally in early summer 2017.  The committee will end once a final recommendation is made to council.

Committee Members:
Larry Mashaw - Chairperson
Frank Alfone
Kady Watson
Nancy Kramer
Helen Beall
Joella West
Scott Marr
City Council Representative - Kathi Meyer
City Staff - Winnie DelliQuadri


2017 Proposals: 
The City issued a formal Request For Proposals for projects seeking to utilize Accommodations Tax Reserve Funds in May 2017 with applications due August 10, 2017.  Proposals submitted for committee review are:

List of All Proposals

Eagle Scout Park Restroom - City of Steamboat Springs
Parks Restrooms - City of Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Playground Project - City of Steamboat Springs
Yampa River Flow Endowment - Friends of the Yampa
Bear River Park Trailered River Access - Friends of the Yampa
Arnold Barn Iconic Entry Feature - Historic Routt County
Revolving Loan Fund / Alley - Mainstreet Alley Improvement
OTHS Expansion/Renovation - Old Town Hot Springs
Steamboat Art Museum Lighting - Steamboat Art Museum
Multi Purpose Addition to Ice Arena - SS Youth Hockey Association
Improve/Expand Off Leash Dog Areas - Steamboat Digs Dogs
Bear River Skate Park Expansion - Steamboat Skatepark Alliance
Community Sports Field - Steamboat Springs School District
Steamboat Springs Indoor Pickleball - Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs

The 14 projects submitted were each excellent projects with significant benefits for the community and we thank each and every applicant for the time and energy that was spent on their application. The committee reviewed each of the 14 submitted applications and evaluated them against the 1986 ballot criteria and against the criteria described in the RFP. Based on the committee’s review and evaluation process, the following projects have been selected as semi-finalists:

Old Town Hot Springs Expansion and Renovation 2018
Multi-Purpose Facility Addition to the Ice Arena
Arnold Barn Iconic Entry Feature

These project applicants will be asked to provide a presentation to the committee and to respond to questions developed by the committee, prior to the committee making a formal recommendation to city council.

Background

The 2A Accommodations Tax ballot language restricts use of the first $660,000 in Accommodation Tax dollars between 2014 and 2023 with the direction that any tax revenues in excess of the $660,000 each year may be spent at the discretion of city council on projects authorized by the 1986 public accommodations tax ballot question.  These “excess” dollars are a part of the “Accommodation Tax Reserve” which is anticipated to be $1,186,000 by the end of 2017. 

With agreement by City Council, the Parks and Recreation Commission appointed a working group to look at options for utilization of the funds held in reserve.  The working group formally recommended to both City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission that council appoint a formal committee under the direction of City Council and apart from the Parks and Recreation Commission, to formally evaluate the options regarding use of the accommodation tax reserve funds. 

In discussion, the working group identified several strategic alternatives that would need to be reviewed by the committee with a strategic direction recommendation offered to city council.  These alternatives include:

  • Saving funds for a future big vision project, to be determined and funded later.
  • Identifying a large project which would require reserve funds as well as going to voters to secure ongoing funding.
  • Identifying one immediate project that would utilize all of the reserve funds.
  • Identifying multiple smaller immediate projects that would utilize all of the reserve funds.
  • Saving some of the funds for a future project or projects while utilizing some of the funds for one or more immediate projects.
  • Utilizing the funds to enhance and improve current facilities.

Based on this recommendation, City Council appointed a committee to recommend and implement a process to council, and once that process was set, to solicit, review and recommend a specific project or projects to city council.