Development of a 40-cabin RV park with 100 to 110 spaces is the key issue in Tuesday’s (April 6) election in Minturn, Colo., according to the Vail (Colo.) Daily News.
Mayor Earl Bidez supports the RV park proposal while his opponent, former Mayor Hawkeye Flaherty, opposes it, the newspaper reports.
Candidates for Minturn town council also are equally divided over the idea of a local government-financed RV park.
If approved, the developer of the RV campground in Minturn would be Rocky Mountain RV Resorts, which has developed RV parks in Denver, Estes Park and Grand Junction, Colo.
Under the current proposal, Minturn’s government would pay for the development of the RV park, and it would be repaid by whomever signs a long-term lease to operate the facility, whether it’s Rocky Mountain RV Resorts, or some other entity.
The local government also would keep the 4% sales tax paid by the renters of RV slips or cabins, which presumably would be park models.
A 20-year lease is under consideration with an option to renew for another 20 years. The amount of the lease payments has not been determined.
Opponents of the development, which would include a swimming pool, community building and recreation center that would be available for use by year-round Minturn residents, are worried it would change the community’s small-town character or that it may not bring in enough sales tax revenue to justify the investment of public funds.