Upcoming Meetings mark your calendars • MARCH LEGISLATIVE MEETING March 17, 2011 Meeting - 12:00 - 4:00pm Dinner - 6:00 - 10:00pm Hotel details:

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• MARCH LEGISLATIVE MEETING

March 17, 2011
Meeting - 12:00 - 4:00pm
Dinner - 6:00 - 10:00pm

Hotel details:
Crowne Plaza Downtown Denver
Rate: $119.00/night

To book online go to this link:
Colorado Association of Ski Towns

The rate is good until March 2, so please book before then. The rate is also available three days before, and three days after, the meeting for those who need to stay longer.

To book by phone:
Call: 877-692-6161
Mention group code: CAS

AGENDA
ATTACHED is a copy of the agenda (subject to change).

RSVP:
RSVP for the dinner and the meeting at http://www.coskitowns.com/calendar.cast and click on the event date. If you are bringing a guest to dinner, please add them in the Comment section of the RSVP form.

• JUNE ANNUAL MEETING & RECEPTION (held at CML Annual Conference)

June 23, 2011
Vail, CO

• AUGUST MEETING

August 25-26, 2011
Grand Lake, CO

• OCTOBER MEETING

October 27-28, 2011
Park City, UT

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January Meeting Presentations

If you weren't able to attend the January CAST meeting, we had some great presentations from the CSU Office of Economic Development and the State Demography Office.

Kathay Rennels and Geniphyr Ponce-Pore - CSU Office of Economic Development

David Keyser - State Demography Office, Department of Local Affairs

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Survey Results

We recently sent out surveys for the towns of Breckenridge and Mt. Crested Butte, as well as one regarding sales tax rates of our member communities. Attached are the survey results. Thanks goes to everyone who responded, your input is important in helping other CAST communities.

Breckenridge - Vendor Carts
CAST - Mountain Town Sales Tax Rate Comparison (updated from last version sent)
Mt. Crested Butte - USPS Facilities

If your town would like to survey our CAST members on an issue or question you are facing, please contact me at joyceb@coskitowns.com or 970-485-2737.

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CAST VRBO Tax Compliance Project Update

As you already know, we temporarily hit the pause button on the VRBO tax compliance project until we worked out some legal details with regard to the agreements from our contractor, Eye Street Solutions. In the meantime, Eye Street (now called VRCompliance LLC) has been refining their application and has provided us with a status report:

Status
We are continuing to improve the application. In software terms our team works using an agile process that breaks work into two-week iterations, setting goals and moving the application forward.

The major change that we are working on is to our vacation rental discovery method. We now start from a property and work outward by pulling in data from various sources to determine if it is a vacation rental. The core pieces of this new process are complete, and we have tested it using a large sample from Summit County. We'll have some statistically significant statistics at some point soon.

Highlights of other recent work include:
1. Developed a new site design that provides a cleaner look and feel. This new design is in the process of being applied to the site.
2. Enhanced property search within the application to provide better filtering and searching for properties and people.
3. Provided additional support to allow a user to manage and track the compliance process.

We are excited to be moving forward with communities, and look forward to incorporating your feedback into our site.

VRCompliance LLC
For a variety of reasons, we have formed a new entity specifically dedicated to conducting the business related to tax and compliance issues. That company is named VRCompliance LLC. This change does not represent a change in the software offered, the terms and prices under which it is offered, or the actual persons involved with offering it.

Legal Document Status
As you read this, the legal document package for VRCompliance is being finalized and ready for your review. We have gone through several edit/review cycles with CAST's attorneys at this point, so they should be good. We will be reaching out in the near term to re-engage with those communities who have expressed an interest. If you don't hear from us, please don't hesitate to give Dave Atherton a ring at 540-751-8001 or send him an email at dave.atherton@vrcompliance.com.

Please look for my email within the coming weeks to notify you that we are ready to proceed. Please call or email me if you have any questions at 970-485-2737 or joyceb@coskitowns.com.

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Photos for the Website

I'm still looking for more photos for the CAST website, as not all of our member towns are represented. Please help out and send me your photos!! You can email them to me at joyceb@coskitowns.com.

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This has been a great snow year for all of our ski towns, and it's been good to see our towns busy. Hopefully, this will be reflected in our sales tax revenues. I am working on getting out the next sales tax reports through December 31, 2010.

I look forward to seeing you all at the March meeting; we have some great speakers lined up.

Call or email me with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Sincerely,

Joyce Burford
Executive Director

Colorado Association of Ski Towns
P.O. Box 2973
Winter Park, CO 80482
970.485.2737
joyceb@coskitowns.com

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