Steamboat Pilot & Today: Vote ‘yes’ on 2A
Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - October 2, 2018 - Updated: October 2, 2018
Steamboat Springs voters will be deciding on a 0.20 percent sales tax for air service this fall, and we hope the measure flies.
The tax, if approved, will fund the airline program, which we believe has been a success and is the envy of other mountain communities. The program has greatly increased the number of flights coming in and out of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.
For the 2018-19 winter season, there are approximately 124,000 round-trip available seats out of Hayden, which is more than double what it was before voters first approved a sales tax for air service in 2011 by a 61 percent majority. This winter, the airport will be served by 15 nonstop flights, including three new direct flights from Boston, Fort Lauderdale and Long Beach through JetBlue.