North Tahoe bed taxes increase |

North Tahoe bed taxes increase

According to a recent report from Placer County, made available through the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Transient Occupancy Tax collections were up 9.5 percent in the second quarter of the 2006-07 fiscal year. Bed tax collections for October through December 2006 were $1.3 million compared to $1.2 million during the same period of the prior year.

The second quarter increase comes on the heels of a successful first quarter, July through September, when occupancy tax revenue was up 16 percent. The North Lake Tahoe region registered an increase of 13.8 percent for the last six months of 2006, compared with the same period in 2005. According to resort association Finance Director Sally Lyon, the back-to-back increases and total TOT collected marked the best first six months of a fiscal year in North Lake Tahoe history.

“Summer weather extended into a beautiful fall season, then we had a series of early winter storms in December,” said Tourism Director Andy Chapman of the resort association. “We actively promoted the area through our collaborative marketing campaigns.”

A 10 percent tax on lodging, the Transient Occupancy Tax is charged to the visitor occupying a hotel, rental home or other visitor accommodation in North Lake Tahoe. The lodging operator pays 100 percent of the collected tax to Placer County, which refers 40 percent to the county’s general fund, and returns 60 percent to the North Lake Tahoe area for marketing and promotions.

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