Loveland City Lodging Tax, 2009

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The Loveland City Lodging Tax was on the November 3, 2009 in Larimer County for residents in the City of Loveland. The measure proposed adding a 3 percent lodging tax to hotel bills and creating a commission that would recommend ways to spend the money.

On August 18, 2009 the council altered the previously proposed 5 percent tax and approved the measure for the November ballot with a 5 to 4 vote. If approved, the tax is expected to generate between $320,000 to $400,000 annually.[1]

Previously, the measure proposed adding a 5 percent lodging tax to hotel bills. The tax, before it was changed, was expected to generate between $528,000 and $650,000 per year. On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 the city council voted 6-3 to approve the tax and is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2010 unless residents voter otherwise.[2]

Election results

The measure was approved.[3]

Lodging tax
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 7,858 58.04%
No 5,682 41.96%
Total votes 13,540 100.00%
Voter turnout 22.49%

Ballot summary

The ballot language read as follows:[4]

Shall City of Loveland taxes be increased $400,000 for the first full fiscal year (2010), and annually thereafter by such amounts as may be generated from the levy of a lodging tax of three percent (3%) on the lodging price paid for the leasing, rental or furnishing of any lodging services in the city, for the purpose of raising funds to promote tourism, conventions and related activities within the city by marketing the city and sponsoring community events, both in support of this purpose; and shall a community marketing commission appointed by city council be established to make recommendations to city council concerning the specific use of lodging tax revenues consistent with this purpose; and shall the City of Loveland be authorized to collect, retain and spend such lodging tax revenues each year, including any investment earnings and interest on such revenues, as a voter approved revenue change under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution or any other law?