TDC discusses addition to bed tax

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM.

“We are a price-sensitive market,” Gerlach said. “When we talk about raising bed taxes we are going to lose customers.”

Pickett added, “We’ve lost revenue the past seven years because the economy sucked. We are starting to see that change. We are a thrift brand.”

County Commissioner Warren Yeager said as an elected official he must look at the broader picture. Given the county’s own budget straightjacket, the BOCC was forced to look at options other than property taxes to fund services.

“We have to look at alternative sources of revenue to fix the problems we need to fix,” Yeager said. “I can’t justify spending (property taxes) when most of the problems are caused by tourists.

“We all agree there is a problem. We need to fix the problem. At the end of the day we do need to protect our brand.”

Yeager said the county could not continue to provide required services at its current funding level and property taxes were almost certain to rise.

But he added that the county was also looking at user fees, service fees and other sources of income.



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