Solution enacted elsewhere for generating revenue
Times file                    Summer in the Gunnison Valley is known for attracting visitors who like to shop, as depicted in this scene along Gunnison’s Main Street.
Times file Summer in the Gunnison Valley is known for attracting visitors who like to shop, as depicted in this scene along Gunnison’s Main Street.

Dedicated funding streams designed to address unintended impacts from tourism in resort communities have long been sought — but largely without success.

A property tax measure last month aimed at providing revenue for affordable housing projects fell flat, as did an effort spearheaded by Gunnison County Commissioners to reform a state-sanctioned lodging tax by broadening its allowed use.

Yet, creative funding solutions still exist. One only has to look at the state of Alaska to find an outside-the-box approach to taxation in the form of a seasonal sales tax. Colorado statute does not allow for a seasonal sales tax.

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