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Campground Tax Issue Will Go to Voters in June

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March 8, 2012 by   2 Comments

Voters in eastern California’s Tuolumme County will be asked during the June election to expand the Transient Occupancy Tax (T.O.T.) to include campgrounds, RV parks and house boats.

The Supervisors voted 5-0 to put the issue on the ballot. One person that spoke adamantly against the idea was Esther Osborne, owner/manager of the Marble Quarry RV Park, mymotherlode.com reported.

“This (tax) is not uniform and will nearly put us out of business,” said Osborne. “We will either have to go long term (leasing), or go out of business, because this is a tax that is insurmountable to us.”

Some others spoke in favor, including Dodge Ridge ski resort owner Frank Helm. “Tourism and recreation is, I believe, the largest contributor to income in the county,” said Helm. “We want to see that continue, and we understand the need to keep Railtown and the fairgrounds going.”

The expanded T.O.T. would bring in an estimated $300,000 to $350,000 a year, and funding would be utilized to help operations at the fairgrounds and Railtown 1897. Railtown is presently scheduled to close at the first of July and the fairgrounds are losing their state subsidy.

The T.O.T. tax, which is paid by visitors that stay at hotels, was first approved by voters in 1983. It was expanded from 8% to 10% in 2010.

Local organizations like the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee have come out in favor of the expansion.

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2 Responses to “Campground Tax Issue Will Go to Voters in June”

  1. Marcia Wentzell on March 8th, 2012 3:11 pm

    Comment about the “Campground” proposed tax increase: The Fairgrounds and Rail Town, for example, should find the “Way” to be self sufficient. You can only “bail” water so long until you have to fix the hole. Goverments should not keep increasing the “Gleaning” of moneys from business operations. This gleaning weakens our infrastructure.

  2. Robert Timm on March 8th, 2012 11:24 pm

    Should this tax be implemented I will not visit your state and will take my business to a more visitor friendly state.

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