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— Increase City Occupancy TaxOrdinance —

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November 8, 2016 —California General Election

City of South Lake Tahoe
Measure P Ordinance - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

1,951 votes yes (68.36%)

903 votes no (31.64%)

  • 2,854 ballots counted

Shall the ordinance be adopted that increases the amount of transient occupancy tax two (2) percent city wide be utilized only for the special purpose of constructing, operation and maintenance of recreational facilities, specifically including the construction of a recreational complex as set forth in the Recreation Master Plan?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

A BALLOT MEASURE TO INCREASE THE TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX TWO PERCENT CITYWIDE

Measure P has been placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe. This measure proposes to increase the current transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) by two (2) percent citywide. This will result in a tax rate on hotel occupancy of twelve (12) percent in most of the City and fourteen (14) percent in the redevelopment area. The increased revenue generated by this increase shall only be used to fund recreation facilities and operations, specifically designating as the first priority the construction of a recreational complex as set forth in the

adopted Recreational Masterplan. Because this is a special tax (limited to being spent only on the purpose designated), it will require a 66 and 2/3% vote in favor in order to be enacted.

The tax will only be paid by people who rent properties subject to the transient occupancy tax. These properties include: hotels, motels and vacation home rentals. 

Financial Impact

The tax is estimated to generate approximately Two Million dollars ($2,000,000.00) annually. 

Effect of the Measure 

A “Yes” vote will increase the Transient Occupancy Tax by two (2) percent citywide. A “No” vote will not increase the Transient Occupancy Tax.

Full Text of the Measure

“Shall the ordinance that increases the amount of transient occupancy tax two (2) percent city wide be utilized only for the special purpose of constructing, operation and maintenance of recreational facilities, specifically including the construction of a recreational complex as set forth in the Recreation Master Plan be adopted?”

 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Thomas T. Watson, City Attorney

— Thomas T. Watson, City Attorney

Arguments FOR

Vote Yes on P for a new Recreation and Swim Complex in South Lake Tahoe without increasing taxes paid by local residents and businesses!

Our stunning natural environment and vibrant community make South Lake Tahoe a wonderful place to live, visit and do business. Voting Yes on P will help protect our quality of life, property values and boost our economy.

Measure P approves a modest 2% increase in the hotel tax paid by visitors to South Lake Tahoe. By law, funds from this measure may only be used for recreation in South Lake Tahoe, and priority will be given to the construction of a new Recreation and Swim Complex on Rufus Allen Boulevard. 

Measure P does not increase taxes paid by local residents or businesses by one penny.

The current Recreation and Swim Complex is over 40 years old and is in dire need of expensive repairs. Without increasing taxes on local residents and businesses, Measure P will provide:

A year-round recreation and swim complex for use by residents and visitors

Space for after-school and vacation youth programs to be offered by the Boys and Girls Club to all residents

Year-round swim facilities for public lessons, competitions, family recreation, injury rehabilitation and senior exercise

A multiuse gym with courts for local youth and adult athletics

Competitive sports facilities to host tournaments and attract year-round visitors to stimulate our economy

Low-cost event space for celebrations and gatherings

Affordable exercise facilities available to all residents Measure P requires strict fiscal accountability:

No funds may be taken by the state or used for other purposes

Annual audits will ensure funds are used as promised

 

Vote Yes on P to expand recreation opportunities, protect our quality of life and property values and boost our economy without increasing taxes on local residents and businesses.

 

Wendy David, Mayor, City of South Lake Tahoe

Terri Arnold, President, Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe

Rich Bodine, President, South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association

Valerie Rudd, 40-Year Local Resident and Active SLT Recreation Center User

Proposed legislation

CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ORDINANCE NO. 1100

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE CITY COUNCIL AMENDING

CITY CODE CHAPTER 3 – TRANSIENT OCCUPANCYTAX

The City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe does hereby ordain as follows: 

Section 1. Enactment. Section 3.50.050 of the South Lake Tahoe City Code is hereby amended as designated in Exhibit “A” attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference.

Section 2. Conflicting Ordinances Repealed. All other ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed. 

Section 3. Summary Publication. Pursuant to government Code §36933(c)(1), a summary of said ordinance was published at least five (5) days prior to its final adoption as required by law, and a certified copy of the full text of the proposed ordinance was posted in the Office of the City Clerk. Within fifteen (15) days after adoption, a summary of said ordinance with the names of those City Councilmembers voting for and against shall be published as required by law, and a certified copy of the full text of the ordinance shall be posted In the Office of the City Clerk.

Section 4. Effective Date. This ordinance shall take effect 10 days after certification of its adoption by the voters at the November 8, 2016 election. 

EXHIBIT A

The City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe does hereby ordain as follows:

Section 1. Section 3.50.050 of the South Lake Tahoe City Code is hereby amended by increasing the transient occupancy tax by two (2) percent in all areas of the City, with the revenue raised by the increased percentage for the special purpose of constructing, operation and maintenance of recreational facilities, specifically including the construction of a new recreational complex as the first priority. 

3.50.050 Tax Imposed – Payment of Tax by Transient

Effective December 1, 1988, the taxes to be collected from transients by all transient lodging facilities within the City in accordance with this chapter shall be as follows: 

For the privilege of occupancy in any transient lodging facility within the City, each transient is subject to and shall pay in the amount of 14 percent of rent charge on all newly constructed visitor accommodations within the redevelopment project area and those existing properties within the redevelopment project area which undergo substantial renovation with the participation and consent of the owner under the redevelopment plan, and 12 percent of the rent charged on all other transient lodging facilities within the City. Such tax constitutes a debt owed by the transient to the city, which is extinguished only by payment to the operator or the City. The transient shall pay the tax to the operator of the transient lodging facility at the time the rent is paid. The unpaid tax shall be due upon the transient’s ceasing to occupy space in the transient lodging facility. If for any reason the tax due is not paid to the operator of the lodging facility, it must be paid directly to the City.

Section 2. It is the intention of the City Council, that, if any tax imposed under this Ordinance is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or contrary to state law, it is the intent of the City Council that the tax which would have been imposed had this ordinance not been adopted shall remain in effect. 

Section 3. The City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe may delete, restore, amend or alter any of the provisions of this ordinance and any provision of the City of South Lake Tahoe City Code affected by this ordinance provided that such action does not establish any new tax or increase any existing tax.

Section 4. Pursuant to Election Code Section 9217, this ordinance shall be considered adopted on the date that the City Council declares a two thirds vote of the electorate voting in favor of the ordinance and shall go into effect ten (10) days after that date.

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