Aspen lodging tax hike considered

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Members of the Aspen City Council are considering a grant program to help Aspen’s smaller lodge owners by raising the lodging tax.

Community Development Director Chris Bendon says the program has focused on development opportunity and ignored the importance of lodge upgrades.

He says lodges need improvements every five to 10 years, including new light fixtures, new paint, new furniture and new televisions.

According to the Aspen Times (http://tinyurl.com/lst2w66 ), Aspen currently has a 2 percent lodging tax that is levied on guests who stay in town. The town spends 1.5 percent of the proceeds on marketing and the rest on transportation.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/

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