The Town of Vail is pleased to announce a new business relief program, the Grant Award Program (GAP) which will provide direct aid to Vail businesses experiencing hardship due to the public health crisis. Developed by representatives of the Vail Economic Advisory Council with assistance from town staff, the grant program was authorized by the Vail Town Council on Feb. 2 in the amount of $500,000 and will offer Vail businesses grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.
All short-term rental registrations in the Town of Vail will expire on Feb. 28. Property managers and homeowners that have previously registered short-term rentals will be sent a reminder via email to renew.
A public hearing will take place Tuesday, Dec. 1 in a virtual format as the Vail Town Council prepares to review and adopt the 2021 municipal budget. The $99.5 million expenditure plan is available here. The public hearing is listed as action item 8.1 on Tuesday's meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. via Zoom. To register to provide public comment during the meeting, visit www.vailgov.com/town-council or to provide public input prior to the meeting, email email@example.com.
Season parking passes are now available for purchase on the lower level of the Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road, with an added incentive for those who make their purchase early. The first 500 buyers will receive a voucher good for a free day of parking to be redeemed any time during the season, a value of $30. The free voucher is good for individual customers and is being offered for the fourth season to help reduce last-minute crowding. The offer is good for new pass purchases only and does not apply to bulk purchases.
Community members who continue to need humanitarian assistance related to the impacts of the public health crisis are encouraged to seek help from the Vail Community Relief Fund. Six months after the fund’s creation, funding remains available to provide direct relief to front line households in the areas of food, shelter and health impacts.
The Town of Vail is pleased to announce that businesses are now eligible to apply online for the commercial rent relief program. The program was developed by representatives from the Vail Economic Advisory Council with assistance from the Economic Development Department and supported by $1 million from the Vail Town Council The program is designed to help support and sustain local businesses as part of the town’s multiple recovery efforts in response to the public health crisis.
UPDATE: Town Council has voted unanimiously to place this property tax question on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The Vail Town Council will consider whether to move forward with a resolution to submit a ballot question to Vail’s electorate to address local impacts of the state’s Gallagher Amendment at its Tuesday, Sept. 1 meeting. The action item, Resolution No. 38, is listed as 5.2 on the virtual evening meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. with opportunities for public comment. To provide public input to the Town Council prior to meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon Sept. 1. Or to provide public input during the virtual meeting, please register to attend at www.vailgov.com/town-council. The meeting is live streamed at HighFiveMedia.org/live-five.
The Town of Vail is pleased to announce details of a commercial rent relief program following approval by the Town Council which includes authorization of $1 million to fund the program.
The Town of Vail Finance Department is reminding businesses that all outstanding sales tax payments that had previously been deferred are due to the town by Thursday, Aug. 20. To help businesses recover from the initial economic impacts during the outset of the public health crisis, the Town Council authorized the ability for businesses to defer their 4% Town of Vail sales tax payments collected in the months of February through June. Businesses were still required to file monthly returns by their regular due dates, but payment of the tax was deferred to August.
The Vail Town Council will consider a potential ballot question to address local impacts of the state’s Gallagher Amendment at its Tuesday, Aug. 4 meeting. The discussion item is listed as 3.4 on the afternoon meeting agenda which begins at 2:30 p.m.
The Vail Town Council will review a proposal to advance a commercial rent relief program at its afternoon meeting on Tuesday, July 7. The discussion is listed as 3.2 on the meeting agenda which begins at 1 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with social distancing protocols in place. The meeting will be live streamed at www.highfivemedia.org/live-five.
The second allotment of funding assistance from the Vail Community Relief Fund has been awarded by the Town of Vail following Town Council’s authorization of $500,000 in grant funding on March 31. The allocations are providing direct relief to front line households in the areas of food, shelter and health impacts associated with the pandemic. On March 31, $283,000 was awarded to ten qualifying nonprofit organizations by the Community Relief Fund Committee. The latest distribution by the committee, totaling $92,000, was anounced on June 16.
Environmental sustainability efforts have been identified as Vail’s highest priorities for action according to respondents who took part in the Town of Vail community survey which was circulated during the spring. The survey findings were presented to the Town Council on June 16 by the research firm RRC Associates which also included an overview of department and service ratings as well as comments associated with the public health crisis.
Overnight public parking in Vail will remain free throughout the summer as the town continues to scale its operations to adjust to the public health crisis. Vehicles may remain parked in the Vail Village and Lionshead garages for up to 72 hours, as well as the Red Sandstone garage on the North Frontage Road. Paid overnight parking was implemented during the 2018 summer season to increase available parking spaces during the day. However, due to the pandemic, the town is adjusting its operations to reflect a decrease in parking demand and reductions in seasonal staffing.
The Town of Vail remains in a strong financial position according to results of the 2019 audit which was presented to the Town Council this week by Michael Jenkins of McMahan and Associates. The report gave the town a "clean" opinion, which means the auditors believe the financial statements are presented fairly in all material respects.