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City Council O.K.’s Ballot Measure

Sonora, CA — The city and the county are in complete agreement regarding the proposed increase in the Transient Occupancy Tax.

At last week’s supervisorial meeting the vote was 4-1 (Teri Murrison abstained) to place the proposed increase in the T.O.T. from eight to 10 percent on the June 8 primary ballot.

Monday evening the City Council followed suit with a 4-1 vote. Dave Shepherd was the lone dissenter.

City Administrator Greg Applegate states the city would benefit to the tune of approximately $40,000 if the measure passes. CAO Craig Pedro adds that the county’s coffers would be enriched by $350,000. The increase for the marketing efforts of the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau would be approximately $13,000 a year.

The T.O.T. is a tax on hotel and motel occupants not residents of Tuolumne County. The exact distribution of the additional funds has yet to be determined.

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com