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.