Vail gives OK for $1M cuts |

Vail gives OK for $1M cuts

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Vail slashed its budget Tuesday in response to a slowdown in development and dropping sales tax revenues in the Colorado resort town.

The cut included two layoffs from the community-development department and eliminating open positions in the police and public-works departments. Operating cuts also were made across the board in all the town departments.

The Town Council approved the budget cut in a six-to-one vote.

The one group saved from cuts was the Commission on Special Events, which was slated for a $79,000 cut. The commission helps to plan and oversee special events in Vail.

Some council members said cutting the commission’s funds to bring more people to Vail doesn’t make sense.

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“In a year when corporate sponsorships are incredibly hard to come by, to give people a reason not to come to Vail and to lessen the experience for those who come would be a mistake,” Councilman Mark Gordon said.

Mayor Dick Cleveland, the dissenting vote, disagreed, saying that he doesn’t think any of Vail’s events would suffer from the cut.

“We’ve cut positions,” he said “We’ve cut across the board. Everybody needs to share in this, especially when some people’s jobs have gone away.”

Meanwhile, the town is looking for ways to generate additional revenue this year. Gordon suggested delaying the planned reroofing of Dobson Arena, if possible, which would save the town $1 million.

Town Manager Stan Zemler said the town is also looking at other revenue opportunities that will be discussed later in the year.

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