Durango City Councilors are asking residents to take a survey and help define what to do with approximately $1.3 million of unanticipated lodgers’ tax collections.
Voters in 2021 approved a ballot measure to increase the lodgers’ tax paid when someone rents a hotel room. Approximately $1.3 million in 2021 and 2022 is expected to be collected beyond was initially estimated, due to a huge post-COVID rebound in tourism. State law requires the money be refunded unless voters approve the city keeping the money.
City Councilors seek the survey feedback because they are considering a ballot initiative for November 2022 to keep and retain the excess revenues for one of the following areas:
- Arts and Culture
All items have been considered high priority items under consideration by the City of Durango.
If the ballot issue fails, city staff has recommended the money be refunded through a rebate on city utilities. The results of an initial survey on how to spend the money are here.
To take the new survey, which should take less than a minute, click here. Council will discuss the survey results at the Aug. 16 council meeting.