1-A will keep businesses open

I voted yes on the 1-A Lodgers Tax which will support local businesses by marketing Durango, money for transportation, money for arts, events, and a WIN WIN for our town. The negative letter writers probably came here as tourists. When they say Durango was overrun by tourists ask the Irish Embassy, Palace, Kassidys, the Spa Shop and Ben’s Burgers and you will discover a big fat “NO” there wasn’t enough business to keep the doors open. Lodgers Tax in Durango is less than Alamosa, Gunnison, Denver and almost all other Colorado towns. 

Hotels, restaurants and the arts communities came together and worked together for our survival in proposing the Lodgers Tax. Our town has been hit with the Gold King spill, the 416 Fire and now COVID.  Small businesses are hurting and trying to stay open. The elite attitude from negative writers surely have not laid off employees and wondered how to pay the rent. I’ve lived in Durango for 46 years. I love our North Main, Central Business District and the South District which is where the bulk of sales tax comes from in Durango. 1-A the Lodgers tax is paid by tourists and benefits the locals. Durango is a town of mom-and-pop businesses. We know the restaurant owners, wait staff and who owns the cleaners. 

Keep a small business open. Vote for 1-A.

– Sweetie Marbury, Durango