Meet Your State Congresswoman Barbara McLachlan July 19

Time: 6 pm

Day: July 19

Place: Yamaguchi Park Terrazzo

Format: Potluck

Bring something to share, or just come.

Barbara always wants to hear your concerns.

Sponsored by the Archuleta  County Democratic Club.

Celebrate the 4th of July with Us

Float Prep

Come decorate the float 5 pm to 7 pm Sunday, July 3, at the corner of 2nd St. and Hermosa. Decorations and pizza provided, BYOB and bring a chair. We also need help with set-up at 8 am Monday, July 4.


This year’s Independence Day parade will occur 10:00 a.m Monday with a modified route due to construction at 6th Street and Highway 160. The parade will start on Hot Springs Blvd. at Spring Street heading north, over the bridge to Main Street (Hwy 160). It will turn east on Main Street to 2nd Street and then turn south for approximately a 1/2 block and then turn west onto Hermosa Street. The parade will proceed past Town Park, turn south onto Hot Springs Blvd and finish at Springs Street.


Post-Parade Picnic

Come to the picnic after the Parade, 11 am to 2 pm, 2nd St. and Hermosa.
Picnic donations needed:

  • Large bags of chips
  • Brownies or cupcakes, about 3 dozen
  • 24 bottles of water
  • 12 can packs of soda: Coke, Diet Coke, Orange, Fresca or Diet Sprite
  • Coolers with ice

Dems supply pulled pork, hot dogs, buns, beer, picnic supplies
Thank you to those who have donated rolls, buns, beans, coleslaw, Pringles, and cookies: Carl, Isabelle, Lynn D, Candace, Lynn F and Lee

 Please contact Susan Yalom, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (970) 731-1091 for more information.

Archuleta Democrats Support Closing STR Tax Loophole

The Archuleta County Democratic Party (ACDP) endorsed a proposal to change the way short-term rentals (STR) are taxed. The March 5 resolution is part of the ACDP effort to make housing affordable.
The proposal reads:

Revise Colorado Statues to permit local governments to tax houses in residential zones as businesses when they are used as short-term rentals unless also occupied by the owner.

As it stands now, local governments are not permitted to change the tax designation of short-term rentals located in residential zones. This means that even if houses are owned by corporations or by individuals who are buying up houses to solely use for investment properties, they get the same tax break that individual homeowners do. Residential properties are taxed at 7.15% of appraised value. Businesses are taxed at 29% of appraised value. This means that even though hotels are providing the same service as STRs they cannot compete fairly.
The proliferation of STR causes many other problems that we are all aware of such as turning stable neighborhoods in transient neighborhoods, pricing middle-class families out of the housing market, providing food for wildlife because renters don’t know or care about the rules for putting out the trash. While some of the more egregious practices are becoming under better control such as renting out houses for large parties, remediation takes time and education.
This proposal will also provide some consistency in fees and taxes for responsible STR owners since they will know in advance what the costs of running the business will be, and they can decide whether it will pay enough for the investment they are making.
There are some things that this proposal will not do. It will not prevent individual homeowner associations (HOA) from prohibiting STRs. It will not stop you from renting out a bedroom in your house while you are living there to help with your own living expenses. It certainly won’t stop you from providing room and board to a personal caregiver should you ever need one.
Many of us would prefer to have STR banned entirely. Until this happens, this proposal will help mitigate some of the effects of STR. We hope that the extra revenue this proposal would provide could be used for affordable housing.
We know that some STR owners plan to retire here in the future and buy property now as a hedge against inflation. If you can afford two houses, you still can do that. If you need some help in paying your mortgage, rent the house out to long-term renters.
The local Democratic party hopes that this change in taxation will be supported by both unaffiliated voters and Republicans. We all are looking for ways to make our county more livable for everyone.