The town of Carbondale’s lodging tax increased 17 percent between 2015 and 2016. The five years between 2011 to 2016: 109 percent.
The town’s voters approved a two percent lodging tax in 2003. This included any and every overnight stay, from a room at the Comfort Inn to a hookup at the Gateway RV Park. In 2016, this generated more than $100,000 in tax revenue.
Andrea Stewart, the executive director of the Carbondale Chamber, said the town has been trying to market itself as “base camp.” Go ski in Aspen, go soak in the pools in Glenwood but eat and sleep in Carbondale.