Hotel tax hike up for vote

archive_import /

By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

On Tuesday, Angels Camp residents will vote on whether to raise the tax on hotel and motel room stays by 4 percent.

The transient occupancy tax is 6 percent and brings about $400,000 a year to the city's general fund, said Blaine Oborn, city finance director. By increasing it to 10 percent, the city would gain $270,000 in additional revenue for roads, emergency services and tourism promotion.

Calaveras County Elections Office mailed out 1,917 ballots to eligible voters within the city, and Elections Supervisor Sandy Rader said about 40 percent have been returned.

The actual election date is Tuesday, but this is a mail-in election, and Rader said about 25 ballots a day are arriving at the elections office in San Andreas.

"Generally, the turnout's higher with a mail-in ballot," she said.

It's also a special election, which means two-thirds of the voters who return ballots must give the OK.

"Increasing this tax is hugely important," said Judy King, city administrative assistant. "We've just hired a part-time fire chief, and the state is cutting out grants and other funding, so the city needs the tax increase," she said. "And we're very dependent on tourism, so anything the visitors' center can do to promote the city is helpful."

In November, the city council voted to attempt the TOT increase. It also voted to divvy the increase if it's approved by thirds among roads, tourism promotion and emergency services. The first 6 percent will continue to go into the city's general fund.

Contact Sunny Lockwood at slockwood@uniondemocrat.com .

11503339
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Monday May 2, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Agencies eye upgrade for 1970s-era software

04/30/2016

Tuolumne County has changed quite a bit since the 1970s, but its ... more

Rim Fire recovery plan released

04/28/2016

Federal custodians of the Stanislaus National Forest are publishing a plan today ... more

Body found near Pinecrest

04/30/2016

Unidentified human remains were found Thursday in the Pinecrest area. At 5:55 ... more

Director resigns as infighting continues

04/27/2016

Bryan Adcox has resigned from the Mother Lode Fair Board of Directors ... more

Spring in the Sierras: Dangerous and beautiful

04/30/2016

Joseph McHardy ran up the sloping ramp Friday at the top of ... more