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Tourists May Face Higher Taxes On Lodging

Sonora, CA — Tuolumne County is planning to ask voters to increase the Transient Occupancy Tax to 10 percent during next June’s election.

The tax placed on hotels and temporary lodging sites currently sits at eight percent, and the increase is at the recommendation of CAO Craig Pedro and county staff.

“Based on our estimates for this year, it would raise an additional $320,000 for the county,” said Pedro at Tuesday’s Supervisors meeting.

The tax is seen as a way to offset the costs that accrue from visitors utilizing roads, law enforcement, fire services and utilities. Currently 25 percent of the funding goes to the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau for its operations.

The Supervisors voted 3-1-1 to develop a plan to place the issue before voters next June. Supervisor Liz Bass cast the lone dissenting vote citing concerns that a similar measure failed in 2004 and that she would like to do more research before the county moves forward. Teri Murrison abstained.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.