Ore. has #1 Tourist Tax City – No New Lodging Tax!

Oregon has #1 tourist tax city — No new Lodging Tax!
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

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Oregon’s already has the nation’s top tourist tax city with Portland Oregon.  Now the Legislature is eyeing HB 4146 which would double the statewide lodging tax.  In addition to  doubling the statewide lodging tax, HB 4146 would also expand the tax beyond its core function of tourism marketing.   HB 4146 would add over $30 million in new tourism tax on a state with high tourist taxes and fewer competitive attractions compared to the big states.

Rural areas will be the ones left out of this giant new tax.   The Portland Tribune quoted local rural lawmakers on this:

“Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, said hotel owners in his district do not expect the bill would help them. “I talked to many of my hotel operators across my district, and they were uniformly a ‘no,’” Bentz said. Rep. Gail Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls, said she agreed with Bentz.”

To read HB 4146 please go to the Oregon Legislative website here — House BIll 4146

Note: The Portland tourism tax rating was based on a 2013 report from the Global Business Travelers Association.  The tourism tax was totaled by combining taxes on lodging, rental cars and meals by airport vicinity.   The report was also reported by USA Today newspaper on December 10, 2013.

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  • thevillageidiot

    Prosperity through taxation. Say what? Layers another level of bureaucracy in addition to the Tourism commission made up of appointees from the senate and house to study issues related to the lodging tax. What? Money collected will earn zero interest and if over the FDIC max must be secured by the bank. That works. Interest will be available to the commission. remember 0 interest. high rate of return.
    So the tourism industry in Oregon is a state function. Why?

  • IhateLiberals

    Do any of these dummies in the Legislature realize this state is hardly a major tourist attraction? And that the weather is simply lousy at least 6 months of the year?

  • Eric Shierman

    I agree we don’t want to be at the top of that list, but by not including the sales tax in the index for this ranking, it’s fairly misleading.

  • Bob Clark

    My wife and I have regularly attended the pre-Olympic track and field trials held every four years at Eugene’s Hayward stadium (spelling?). The cost of motel lodging skyrocketed in the last pre-Olympic trials in June 2012. This new tax subsidy for such track and field event will only make this more of a high end commercial event, making it a put-off for us going to this year’s track and field, and ones in the future, too.

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