During Jennie Green’s monthly report on lodgers’ tax at last week’s Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting, the issue of businesses who are out of compliance sparked quite a bit of discussion and concern.
Green reported that information on lodgers’ tax collections for the first four months of 2015 is still incomplete because of outstanding payments, but it appears revenues were down in February and flat in March and April. She also referred to a conversation she had earlier with Councilor Clint Alley concerning tax compliance. Alley is also the director of the Pagosa Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We definitely see a trend with vacation rentals at the moment,” Green explained. “I live in the county in a neighborhood with lots of vacation rentals and they have been booked all year round, in the last four or five months, especially. That is not common for this time of year. Now that we are moving forward with the county, we will get the tax compliance effort underway.”
The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners recently decided to turn over its lodgers’ tax funds to the Town Tourism Committee, which has changed its name to the Pagosa springs Area Tourism Board and has accepted commissioner Steven Wadley as one its members.