Sunday, March 15, 2015

Star-News: Cascade, New Meadows Eyeing Local Option Tax

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 8:50 AM

click to enlarge CASCADE, IDAHO
  • Cascade, Idaho
Two of McCall's neighbors—the cities of Cascade and New Meadows—are eyeballing the Valley County city's 3 percent local o, which has helped fund McCall's public works projects and has even funneled a considerable amount of money to the area's nonprofits.

McCall Star-News reports officials in Cascade and New Meadows are looking to put a LOT initiative on a ballot. The Star-News reports that city officials in Cascade are looking to tack on a LOT to motel rooms, vacation rentals and camping spaces. It was only two years ago when Cascade voters gave a thumbs down to a proposed 1 percent sales tax hike and a 3 percent tax on lodging to help fund city projects. Cascade officials are reluctant to push a renewed effort too soon—in order to make it to the May ballot, the Cascade City Council would need to formally file the measure by the end of the month. That's leading them to look at 2016 as a possible date for a new ballot initiative.

Meanwhile in New Meadows, that community's city council has already scheduled a public hearing to get its citizens' take on a possible 1 percent LOT later this year. The Star-News reports that if citizens are willing, the ballot initiative could come up in November.

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