Between 2015 and 2016, sales tax revenue in Glenwood Springs rose by over 4 percent, thanks largely to record-setting tourism.
The city collected about $17.5 million in sales tax over the course of 2016. The year before? Just under $17 million.
Marianne Virgili is President and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. She said 2015 was already a banner year for lodging tax revenue. Hotels were filled with people, mostly from the Front Range, coming spend time in the Glenwood Caverns and the hot springs.
As Denver’s population grows, Virgili said, Glenwood’s tourism grows with it.
Glenwood Meadows, the locale for big box stores like Lowes and Target is a massive sales tax generator, and so are the auto dealerships.