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Eagle County airport should charge for parking

Steve Thorp
Vail, CO, Colorado

VAIL -On March 17, the Eagle County Department of Finance reported

the county’s 1 percent sales tax was down approximately 23 percent in January 2009 from the prior-year period and down 19 percent from the 2009 budget.

While the county Finance Department is requesting all departments to review for potential budget cuts, they are missing one of the biggest revenue opportunities that almost every other county airport recognizes: charging for parking at the Eagle County Regional Airport.

If you think travelers using the airport won’t fly into Eagle if they have to pay for parking, you need to look at the Hayden-Steamboat Airport. Hayden started charging $7 a day for parking more than a year ago, and air traffic has only increased in addition to Routt County funds receiving $7 a day per vehicle. Grand Junction Airport charges $8 a day, Colorado Springs Airport charges $8 a day, and Denver International Airport charges $5 to $27 a day.

I am amazed you have not taken the necessary steps to charge patrons who keep their vehicles at the airport. People expect to pay nowadays for airport parking. This is an obvious revenue-boosting measure to be taken immediately for the reopening of the airport on Sept. 1. The changes to the parking lots can be made this summer when the airport is closed.

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