Yes, the Coos County transparent Commissioners John Sweet, Melissa Cribbins, and Bob Main ask CC residents to approve another tax which affects them, their neighbors, visiting relatives, visitors, tourists, business establishments, etc. At the same time CC would be agreeing to more regional non-elected control of your monies.
This will be accomplished by putting into law ballot measure 6-152 ( Lodging Tax ) which imposes a new 10% tax on all less than 30 day rentals at parks, campgrounds ( your parks and campgrounds included ), RV parks, hotels, motels, vacation rentals, bed&breakfast rooms, etc.
The measure allows lodging operators to retain 5% of their collections for their costs. Commissioners estimate the measure will, the first year, collect $2.45 million.
The CC work group presenting allocation of funds, headed by The Dunes manager Hank Hickox, reports the tourism board will be comprised of 13 appointed members comprised of :1. “the largest revenue generators”; 2. four different CC sectors, plus regional areas of Douglas, Curry, gateway areas and experts on tourism such as the state's “Travel Oregon”. It is stated the State requires 70% of funds go to tourism promotion.
The remaining 30%, estimated at $750,000, would, after deducting expenses for handling and enforcing the new tax, go to county services as decided by your commissioners.
Now this measure may seem to never impact you or your visiting friends and family as you and they may not stay or vacation in any of these lodgings and you may never want to stay in town overnight after going to the theater, meetings, car repair, etc. However, how about the lodging businesses loss of income due to necessary price hikes? How about all the businesses such as restaurants, food, clothing, souvenirs, shopping malls etc. which will suffer from an estimated $2.45 Million taken from visitors by this new tax?
By the way, have you read the entire measure to see what else it might contain or have you only read the 'summary' the commissioners provided on your ballot. Where can you find the entire measure to read? Don't ask me. I cannot find it on the commissioners' web site either. The policy would seem to be: “ Vote the measure in and then you will find out what powers you gave the commissioners and their appointed non-elected local and regional friends .”
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