Letter to the Editor: We Support the Proposed 2% Lodging Tax Ballot Initiative, and You Should Too

Earlier this week, the Summit Board of County Commissioners decided to impose a 2% lodging tax on the November ballot for unincorporated areas in Summit County.

As Executive Director of the Summit Alliance of Vacation Rentals, I am proud to support this tax. Summit Alliance of Vacation Rentals is thrilled to have the opportunity to show our industry’s support for important local needs.

Summit Alliance of Vacation Rentals will recommend voting yes on this lodging tax and hopes that when it comes time to vote in November, you will too.

This new lodging tax will generate funds through vacation rental stays to provide financial support for critical needs here in Summit County – workforce housing, child care programs and child care needs. supporting infrastructure.

Over the past year, Summit Alliance of Vacation Rentals has solicited public input on concepts for measuring ballots, excise tax sales, paid fund growth and a variety of other creative fundraising solutions to show our support for the Summit County community. Through our research, we found that an accommodation tax would be the best source of revenue according to voters, so we are pleased to support the county in promoting this new 2% accommodation tax.

The ability for the county to introduce this tax stems from state legislation passed this spring, Bill 22-1117, which allows county governments to impose lodging taxes to be used on items that support the local community. Previously, county governments could only impose lodging taxes to support destination marketing – but this new bill has changed that, and we are pleased to be able to help address issues that are so important to our community.

We are thrilled with this 2% lodging tax and look forward to continuing to partner with the Summit County government as further progress is made in the local vacation rental industry.

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