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On Tuesday residents in the town of Breckenridge cast their ballots and approved a new measure that will implement a 4.5% sales tax on winter lift tickets. The tax is exclusive to winter lift tickets only and will not be applied to the Epic Pass or any other season passes. All summer lift ticket sales will be excluded from the tax as well. Voters who turned out on Tuesday predominantly opted in favor of the act with a preliminary tally of 917 to 185. The measure has come after months of debate between Breckenridge town officials and Vail Resorts about the final details of the ballot. Vail is the parent company that owns and operates Breckenridge Ski Resort and they have guaranteed that the tax will raise at least $3.5 million for the town annually. For many years Breckenridge has struggled to provide enough parking for the millions of tourists and skiers that visit each winter. Breckenridge Ski Resort frequently records over 1.5 million skier visits year after year and town leaders are hoping to fix parking issues long term with this new tax which will take effect July 1, 2016. A new parking structure will be designed for the town but first traffic flow studies must be conducted to determine just how big the garage must be.

Source: Summit County Voice

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