Letters to the editor for May 7, 2012

Union Democrat staff

Vote Yes on Measure C

To the Editor:

Whether or not you visit Railtown 1897 or attend events at the Fairgrounds, you benefit from them via the money spent in the county by visitors to these venues.

While it may be your immediate reaction to vote 'No' on Measure C, I urge you to think long term and broad picture. The passage of Measure C is imperative to ensure the economic health of Tuolumne County by keeping Railtown and the Fairgrounds open. Most, if not all, counties have a Transient Occupancy Tax. Ours is a modest 10 percent. Unless you use the facilities required to collect the TOT, you won't pay the tax. Railtown and the Fairgrounds bring a huge amount of money into the county. Visitors spend money at local businesses allowing the owners to make a living and provide jobs for others.

This business activity generates tax revenue that pays for many of the local government services we need and enjoy. Railtown is an extremely important piece of California, railroad and local history and is a perfect fit with the California State Parks Mission. The Fairgrounds is home to the County Fair, Health Fair, Christmas Crafts Fair, Celtic Fair, Home and Garden Show, Mother Lode Rodeo and many smaller events as well as RV Parking. I can't think of any other place in the county that could accommodate all these events that are an integral part of our local culture. Vote 'Yes' on Measure C.

Nancy Bull

Sonora

Vote No on Measure C

To the Editor:

Why destroy Private Enterprise?

Anyone staying at a place of lodging in Tuolumne County, has no choice. The bed tax is charged at every place furnishing beds, in the entire State. RV owners and tenters do have a choice. They do not have to pay the tax on the beds they bring, if they do not want to do so. They may opt to take their beds to one of the hundreds of Tuolumne County sites owned and operated by exempted government agencies, such as Melones, Don Pedro, Forest Service or Yosemite. Or, they may opt to take their beds to a park in one of our competing counties.

This tax would only be applied to a handful of privately owned parks, in Tuolumne County. Why destroy private enterprise, and lower the sales tax base, by driving business away from Tuolumne County, when it will not accomplish the intended purpose? Vote No on Measure C.

Ralph Squire

Columbia

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