The city recently received the 2020 local marijuana tax report from the state. The state collects a 3% sales tax from cannabis dispensaries on behalf of the city, in exchange for a fee, and then distributes the tax revenue back to the city. There are two dispensaries within Gold Beach city limits: Club Sockeye and La Mota.
In total, the state collected $44,222.57 in cannabis sales tax in Gold Beach. After taking out fees and interest, they distributed $43,814.51 back to the city, according to a state Department of Revenue.
The state also has an agreement with the city to share tax revenue collected from the additional 17% state sales tax on cannabis. The state distributed an additional $14,779.39 to the city as a part of the revenue sharing program.
When looking at the numbers, City Administrator Jodi Fritts said she was surprised.
“It just amazes me how much money those two little stores brought in, that’s a lot of weed,” said Fritts.
Gold Beach Fire Department “State of the Union”
Tyson Krieger, fire chief at Gold Beach Fire Department, submitted his first ever quarterly report to the city in what he hopes to make a recurring update on the successes and shortcomings of the department.
This year, the 24-person volunteer department is looking to set another record for calls for service. In 2020, the department fielded a record 286 calls, which includes medical, car accident and structure fire calls. In 2021, the city is on pace to exceed 430 calls for service, representing a nearly 100% increase from last year.
“No one single area such as medicals or car wrecks and certainly not structure fires have shown any substantial increase from 2020 to 2021. Just an overall increase,” wrote Krieger in the report.
After hearing the report, the city staff and the council suggested hosting an appreciation day for the volunteer firefighters.
“For as small as our department is, they do a fabulous job, but the call volume has just been kind of insane,” said Fritts.