The city of McCall is reporting a record-setting collection of revenue from the city's local option tax, meaning a long list of community upgrades will be green-lit, in addition to a number of nonprofits reaping the benefits from the so-called "bed tax."
The McCall Star-News reports that LOT collections topped $300,000 between October 2012 and September of this year, the highest total in the eight-year history of the 3 percent tax on motel rooms, house and cabin rentals.
Each year, before the revenues are totaled, officials from the city of McCall's public works and parks agencies come before a LOT committee with a to-do list of projects that could occur if they're granted some of the LOT monies. Additionally, nonprofits are invited to pitch projects to the LOT committee, which grants even more money to the 501(c)(3) agencies, with particular emphasis on services and programs that benefit the entire community.
Approximately 90 percent of the tax revenues come from guests who stay in McCall area hotels and cabins, but officials also pointed to an increased number of firefighters who were housed in the community this past summer while battling nearby wildfires.