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Take advantage of town’s incentives for businesses

At the end of last year, the Town began to offer businesses incentives if they completed or adhered to several criteria. Has your business thought of taking advantage of any of these benefits? Does anyone even remember what they were?

As a business owner, you should be looking for every advantage for your business that you can. Here are some highlights of the incentives.

For any development activity for which an application is made after Jan. 1, 2010, and construction is completed in the calendar year 2010, the Town will waive 50 percent of its development fees, such as permitting fees, plan review fees, impact fees and application fees associated with development.

If the building materials used in the construction of a project for which the application was made on or after July 1, 2009, and for which the construction began after July 1, 2009, and it has been demonstrated that the building materials have been purchased in Archuleta County, 25 percent of the sales taxes received by the Town will be rebated.

For any development activity for which an application was made on or after July 1, 2009, and for which the construction began after July 1, 2009, and is completed in 2009 or 2010, the Town will rebate 25 percent of the sales taxes received for construction and building materials used in the development activity, provided the applicant can demonstrate that not less than 50 percent of the labor costs associated with all contractors and subcontractors incurred for construction of the activity were paid to the residents of Archuleta County.

Other ways to qualify for tax rebates are: opening a business in the downtown district, expanding an existing business in the downtown district, or even opening or expanding a business outside of the downtown corridor can qualify you for various rebates.

If your business made a capital investment, such as an infrastructure improvement or increase in employment, a written agreement provided to the town prior to the improvement may qualify you for a significant rebate.

If your business increased in sales tax revenues and you took some educational business courses such as Marketing for Smarties, Leading Edge, or other business classes offered by the Chamber or the Small Business Development Center — you may be eligible for a rebate.

As I reread some of these criteria, several businesses came to mind. I hope that businesses are keeping their receipts, contacting their accountants and paying closer attention to having your business work for you through these rebates. For more details and information on the tax rebate incentives, visit the Town website at

Weekend Activities

The annual Knights of Columbus Duck Race and Picnic will be in full swing beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. For only $5, you can purchase a plastic duck, with the hopes of winning $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, or $250 for a third place finish as they float down the San Juan River. And with all the rain that we have had, the ducks will be racing! You may also purchase raffle tickets and, beginning at 12:30 p.m., you have the chance to win a prize every 15 minutes. There will be activities for the children all day and lots of great food from several vendors. The ducks will race down the San Juan River beginning at about 3 p.m. Duck tickets may be purchased at the Immaculate Heart of Mary or John Paul II Catholic Churches, at the Chamber of Commerce or at the event.

Also on Aug. 14 will be the first Pagosa Springs Family History Fair. This one-day event is to be held at the local Family History Center of the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Majestic Drive. The program is open to the public, but limited to 100 participants and is free to register. You still have a chance to see if there are openings available.

The major speaker will be renowned genealogist Barbara Becker Meehan, MLIS, from Oklahoma City. Her speeches will include: “Information Overload: Organizing Your Genealogy Work” and “How to be a Power Hitter: Improve Your Online Searching Skills.” This seminar is for the novice or more experienced genealogist. The seminar begins at 9 a.m., concludes at 4:30 p.m., and will include five lectures, lunch and an exhibition of family history and genealogy displays. To register for the event, contact Sharron Oldham at 264-5063 or Barbara Ford at 264-2625.

There are also still tickets available for the third annual Art in the Garden event on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 3-7 p.m. This year, the event takes place at Werner and Maryse Buck’s home in Continental Estates, just three miles south on U.S. 84.

The function will be complete with artists working plein air, live music and delicious French cuisine. A cash bar will also be available. The proceeds from the event will be used to distribute vouchers for needed goods and services through the Community Assistance Fund, which is administered by the Community United Methodist Church. An important note this year is that tickets will not be available at the gate and must be purchased in advance. For additional information, visit their website,


We have a new member joining the Chamber this week. Congratulations to Janet Hardwick for reopening the Chimney Rock Restaurant. It is now the Chimney Rock Restaurant and Tavern and there are lots of activities planned. The fare is homestyle cooking with a twist of Cajun. There will be lots of great live entertainment coming up in the next couple of weeks. Visitors can enjoy RV and tent camping with daily, weekly and monthly rates, showers, laundry facilities and free WiFi. Check out an evening of food and music and show your support for a new business in town.

Renewing this week, we start off with the Choke Cherry Tree, where they are adding new items all the time and have terrific gift baskets. Mail order is also available. In the construction arena, we have Dale Construction, with Eddie Dale, and Davis Engineering Services renewing. Dale Construction also is an independent representative of Timberpeg® Homes. Davis Engineering has been involved in civil engineering and land surveying for over 61 years. Crowley Ranch Reserve, about 23 miles south of Pagosa, also renews with their beautiful building sites and fantastic open space plans. Just in time for the hunting season, Mike Bracich with San Juan Outfitting renews with great guides, food and equipment. Renner’s Mini Storage has been offering convenient storage facilities for over 15 years. That darling yellow house on Second Street, across from Farrago’s, is Pagosa Peak Rentals, which is available for short-term rental. It is super convenient to all the amenities of town. Our Friends of the Chamber renewing this week are Randy and Joni Jill Barlow and Cynda Green. We thank them for all the work they do in the community.

Thanks also go to all the volunteers, youth and adults that participated in this year’s Archuleta County Fair. After another great year for the fair, there are lots of new bragging rights around town for the best in chile, ranch hands, produce and livestock. This fair is one of our community’s great traditions. Thanks to all who work so hard to put this event on.

Business is still booming in Pagosa Springs, even through September. Please consider extending your summer hours and accommodating our visitors as they come to our area to view the beautiful change in seasons. To obtain a retail merchant flyer with operating hours of all our retail merchants, or if you would like to display these handouts in your lodging facility or restaurant in support of our stores, please stop by or contact the Chamber.