Ukiah Pols Hoping For Bed Tax Increase
I don't think I'll ever understand the thinking of people who propose some kinds of taxes. Case in point, Ukiah.
Not satisfied with the current 8% Transient Occupancy Tax visitors pay for lodging in Ukiah, powers that be are proposing the tax be raised to 10%. The increased revenue will supposedly be used "in a way that benefits Ukiah's tourism industry and upkeep...".
One innkeeper has it almost right. She says, "Ukiah isn't yet a destination. Until they make it a destination, I don't think they should keep raising taxes.".
So, wait until people start coming and then try to suck them dry, huh? Seems to me, if you want to make your town a tourist destination, one thing you could do is keep it affordable.
But, no, some people are so fixated on tax revenue all they can think of is how to raise taxes, giving little thought at all to whether people might choose to go somewhere else that's less expensive to stay at.
I enjoy staying in Ukiah, despite the fact I only stay there when I have to. If they raise their bed tax, I will start looking elsewhere for lodging.