Although results can change as more votes are counted, Measure A has a narrow lead with 53.58% of voters supporting the increase in county hotel tax, according vote totals released just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday evening by the Siskiyou County Clerk's Office.
Although results can change as more votes are counted, Measure A has a narrow lead with 53.58% of voters supporting the increase in county hotel tax, according vote totals released just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday evening by the Siskiyou County Clerk’s Office.
Because it’s a general tax, which will go straight into the county’s general fund, Measure A would need a majority vote of 50%, as opposed to the two-thirds vote needed to pass a special tax.
The proposed increase in Transient Occupancy Tax from 8% to 12% would mean an infusion of approximately $340,000 annually to the county’s general fund, to be used for local infrastructure and general county services such as fire protection, law enforcement, rescue, emergency response and preparedness, and maintaining facilities and equipment, according to ballot language.
This is the third time since 2008 supervisors have asked voters to approve a TOT increase, but those measures were defeated both times. The county’s TOT has been set at 8% since 1990.
Because TOT cannot be taken by the state, all Measure A revenue would stay local, Siskiyou supervisors noted in their argument in favor of the measure which was printed in the voter information guide.
Some of the lodging locations in the county that would be affected by the change are Mount Shasta Resort, Lake Siskiyou Campground, Lake Shastina Golf Resort, Railroad Park Resort, hotels in McCloud, and private campgrounds on the Klamath River.
While supervisors say the funds will be helpful in an attempt to shore the county’s budget, some hotel owners in the unincorporated area say they’ll be at a disadvantage if the increase passes.
For updated election results as they're released, go to https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/clerkregistrar/page/election-results-march-3-2020