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Calif. County to Levy 10% Tax on Campgrounds

The Tuolumne County Supervisors in Sonora, Calif., will take up a proposal on Feb. 7 to expand the county’s 10% Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) that is currently placed on hotels to include campgrounds, houseboats and RV parks.

“This would not be an increase in the rate that the voters approved in 2010, but the expansion of the application of the TOT,” said Criag Pedro, county administrator. “The primary folks that would pay this are those that visit our community, and this is a great way that they can help offset some of the costs that we incur providing services to the visitors.”

The county estimates that the expanded TOT would bring in around $350,000 annually, mymotherlode.com reported.

The TOT was first approved in 1983. It was increased by voters in 2010 from 8% to 10%.

The new revenue could keep both Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the Mother Lode Fairgrounds open. Railtown is one of 70 state parks set for closure on July 1st. The state is also cutting off subsidies to county fairs.

Railtown currently needs around $200,000 a year to maintain modified year round operation, and the Fairgrounds require an additional $125,000 a year.

The state would continue to operate Railtown as part of the plan, and the county would look to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding regarding various matters.


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#1 Comment By Nick On February 4, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

Remind me to skip Tuolumne County as there are far too many places to visit where they might appreciate my dollars.

#2 Comment By Doug S Payton On February 4, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

Well; we want tourists because they provide us with revenue.
So; lets tax them before they get to spend any other money as it their fault we are broke.

I don’t think so; another state will be my holiday target, good luck California.

#3 Comment By Coastal Enterprises On February 6, 2012 @ 11:19 am

One nice thng about RV’s, they have wheels! Talk about a regressive tax! The sins of the past are finally catching up with California and they want to be bailed out by a new tax???????? 0 times a new 10% tax = – 0

#4 Comment By Johnnie On February 6, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

It’s very easy to omit the entire state of Califormia from my RV travels.

#5 Comment By Esther On February 9, 2012 @ 10:55 am

The lodging assoc has been crying for years that it’s not equatible that they’re the only ones paying TOT. RVers bring their room with them and are already heavily taxed on their rigs and a large truck if pulling a trailer or 5th wheel. TOT is uniform throughout CA on hotels/motels but not equatible to single out certain counties for RVers. RV parks may rethink their direction towards more long-term and not support tourism. What a shame that government has mismanaged and now is calling on the private sector to bail them out! Very difficult for small business in CA.