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Clarity and transparency

Alcohol and tobacco tax – known as sin tax – has been bouncing in and out of Big Sky Resort Area District Tax Board (Resort Tax) meetings as a long and tedious dance – the taxable definition amended in the taxability ordinance one year and then altered again a few years later.

Beers in the Conoco beer coolers – a locals’ and tourists’ stop for cold beverages – could see additional tax by this coming ski season. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS.

Sin tax for Big Sky?

Big Sky Resort Area District Tax Board (Resort Tax) is looking into amending the local ordinance regarding alcohol and tobacco sales. Currently, the 3 percent resort tax only applies to alcohol sold in restaurants, but, by the start of the 2019/2020 ski season, residents could expect a shift to all alcohol and tobacco sold.

A projection of the front corner of the Big Sky Community Center, set to break ground in July. PHOTO COURTESY BSCO

Water for land

A win-win quid pro quo kind of deal was initially discussed about six months ago and has reached fruition: land for SFEs (water). 

Both the Big Sky County Water and Sewer District (BSCWSD) and Big Sky Community Organization have large projects coming down the pike and found a mutually beneficial agreement. 

Resort tax roundup

The Big Sky Resort Area District Tax Board meeting on January 9 covered a lot of ground. The board sifted through updates on the Big Sky Community Strategic Plan, staffing structure, and communicating their legislative efforts effectively. Here’s a glimpse of the discussions.

Big Sky Community Strategic Plan

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