Business owners see opportunities to boost winter economy
Some Silverton business owners, pleased with the sound of ringing cash registers during the skijoring festival earlier this month, are petitioning the town to organize more special events to boost the sagging winter economy.
Large crowds of spectators poured into town for the skijoring action Feb. 16 and 17, filling restaurants, shops and hotels.
As of Tuesday, at least 150 people have signed petitions stating that “we believe the town should have a full-time events coordinator to oversee, promote and encourage existing and new events in town.”
The petition drive was started by Mark and Darlene Watson, owners of Silverton Grocery.
“Our sales tax doubled for skijoring,” said Mark Watson.
“The Saturday before the skijoring event Mark and I collected $90 in sales tax,” said Darlene Watson. “The Saturday of skijoring we collected $200.”
Darlene said she plans to submit the petitions to the Town Council at its March 11 meeting.
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