The Summit Daily News has been following the development of a possible ski lift ticket tax for the town of Breckenridge. The town of Breckenridge is in the process of adding an admissions tax, also called a lift-ticket tax, to the November ballot to capture sales tax from lift tickets and season passes used at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
According to the local paper, if the ballot question passes, Breckenridge would become the fourth resort community in Colorado to assess an admissions or lift-ticket tax behind Vail, Snowmass and Mt. Crested Butte. Outside Colorado, other states assess sales tax on resort lift tickets and season passes including Utah and Minnesota, where Vail Resorts has been paying sales tax on its lift revenue.
Town council members said they chose to go to voters after the council could not reach an agreement with Vail Resorts after months of negotiations. Vail Resorts has been fighting the tax and has stated that it will not absorb the tax by increasing lift ticket prices, though it does do so for Vail skiers.
The town approached Vail Resorts for a 4 percent contribution on revenue from all ticket and pass products, equal to the arrangement in Vail. After the company did not agree to that contribution or offer another the town considered suitable, the town moved to a ballot question and the town council at its Aug. 11 meeting discussed increasing the tax to 4.5 percent. Council members each said they felt that amount would be fair because other tourist businesses pay a 4.5 percent sales tax to the town.
To read the complete article, see Fact-checking Breckenridge’s lift-ticket tax proposal.