Thursday, June 20, 2013

Oregon Bill HB2656 Seeks to Capture More Lodging Taxes

The Oregon state senate will soon be considering a bill that will attempt to capture more lodging taxes from operators of all types of lodging facilities.  Estimates are that an additional $600,000 would be captured if the bill passes, and the money would go into state coffers to be used for tourism development.

Opponents of the bill say it is poorly written, hard to interpret, and designed to favor large out of state hotel chains, to the detriment of those who own vacation rentals, B&Bs and small local hotels.

  • One opponent pointed out that state money spent to encourage tourism always directs potential tourists to large hotels and resorts.  
  • Another points out that every dollar of additional taxes collected will eventually come out of the pockets of those who own small lodging operations in the state.  
  • Yet another is concerned that the bill will hurt tourism in the many small villages in the state that depend on tourists as a primary source of tax revenues and an important driver for the local economy.
People who oppose the bill are being asked to contact state senators.  To find out more about this bill, read this information from the Oregon Association of Vacation Rentals.

Doug Coates

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