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ROOM TAX STUDY NEARS COMPLETION

GOLD BEACH Commissioner Cheryl Thorp said at the Curry Governments meeting Wednesday night that the countys transient tax fact-finding committee will hold its final meeting at 8 a.m., Aug. 16, in the commissioners hearing room.

The committees information will then be presented to the commissioners, who will decide whether to put the tax on the November ballot, said Thorp.

She said the committee has found lots of pros and cons.

Sheree Cook, manager of the commissioners office, said the committee is looking at 13 other counties that have taxes on lodging rooms and camping spaces, and also at cities.

She said they are looking at occupancy rates in Curry County, how much the tax might be, and how it would be allocated and administered.

Its not going to be a windfall, said Thorp.

Buck Rodgers said most of the revenue in other counties is used for advertising.

Gold Beach Mayor Marlyn Schafer said, The tourism industry usually puts the idea forward to bring more people in.

There are a lot of different ways to use it, said Cook. Among other counties, anywhere from 2 percent to 100 percent goes into the countys general fund, she said.

Promotion gets from 14 percent to 95 percent in other counties. Each county is different, said Cook.

Gloria Rodgers said, Tourists create some problems for the county. They should pay.

Cook said the state economist estimated that about half of the tourists in Curry County are taxed now.

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