A resolution renewing the district was passed by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 1. The supervisors voted unanimously to renew the district after hearing that the SCTID is supported by the majority of lodging business owners in the county.
The Siskiyou County Tourism Improvement District has officially been renewed for a 10 year term, which will run through June 30, 2030. A resolution renewing the district was passed by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 1. The supervisors voted unanimously to renew the district after hearing that the SCTID is supported by the majority of lodging business owners in the county.
An assessment is levied on the county’s lodging business owners in order to pay for the SCTID. The fees are used to pay for sales and marketing programs to market Siskiyou County lodging businesses as tourist, meeting and event destinations; the monies also fund other improvements and activities set forth in the SCTID plan.
Consent to include lodging businesses in their respective jurisdictions has been received from the cities of Yreka, Mount Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, Montague, Fort Jones, Tulelake, Dorris, and Etna, according to the SCTID.
Renewal of the district could have been halted by a majority protest, which would have required lodging business owners paying at least 50 percent of the assessment fees to submit written protests against the renewal.
“Protests are weighted based on the assessment proposed to be levied on each lodging business,” a resolution signed by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors explains. Each lodging business’s vote in favor of the SCTID is also weighted based on the amount of the assessment levied against the business.
Representatives from the Siskiyou Economic Development Council as well as consulting firm Civitas were on hand to answer questions from the supervisors. SEDC Executive Director Tonya Dowse noted that Civitas has helped guide the SCTID through the renewal process, which she called “dynamic and complex.”
Local lodging owner Aman Dhillon was present to voice her support for the district’s renewal. She told the board that assessment fees for the SCTID will help generate revenue to bring more visitors to Siskiyou County. She noted that only 9.76 percent of the county’s lodging property owners expressed opposition to the SCTID’s renewal.
One person opposed to the SCTID’s renewal also spoke at the meeting. Andrée Morgana alleged that the Mount Shasta Resort is against the SCTID. Morgana said that she herself has been attending Discover Siskiyou meetings since 2016 and has repeatedly encouraged the DS team to look into driving “spiritual tourism” in the county, especially in Mount Shasta. She said her suggestions had fallen on deaf ears.
District 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt turned the attention to the needs of his district, which, in part, encompasses Happy Camp. He asked if a lodging property owner could opt out of the SCTID. Civitas Project Manager Carson Lambeth responded, noting that once the SCTID is established, lodging business owners cannot opt out.
Haupt expressed his reluctance to vote in favor of something that will be imposed on people even if they don’t support it. “My district is split in half,” he explained, stating that half of his constituents support the SCTID, while the other half do not.
He noted that half of the affected property owners in his district feel they have not been included in the SCTID’s outreach efforts and that those people are “very vocal” about that feeling. Haupt said he expects to see the SCTID better engage affected business owners in District 5 before the SCTID representatives come back before the board.