Co. Commissioners: 3% tax on marijuana on Nov ballot – County tentatively approves vacation rental laws – but waits to put them on the books
Falling in line with many other cities and counties, from one end of Oregon to the other, the Lincoln County Commission has started the process of putting a 3% tax on retail marijuana sales on the November Ballot. The action will have to be approved two more times by the commissioners but it should be official in time to make the ballot filing deadline.
The vote to allow the 3% tax on marijuana sales will pertain to retail outlets that are outside any city limits in the county. However, all voters – whether living inside city limits or not – will be allowed to vote on the tax. Thus far, there is only one retail marijuana sales outlet in the county, and it’s just started business.
Pointing to “zero” retail marijuana sales so far in the unincorporated areas of the county, Commissioner Terry Thompson said he was wondering whether collecting a tax on meager amounts of retail marijuana would be worth the effort – “probably cost more in county time and effort than revenues collected.” But he went along with his fellow commissioners in deciding to ask the voters if a 3% tax on retail marijuana sales measure on the November ballot is something they could support. He was also told that the state would be responsible for collecting the county tax at the same time they collect the state tax. The state will then separate out the county’s share and then mail a check.
County Commissioners also tentatively approved new rules for vacation home rentals for the unincorporated areas of the county – areas NOT inside city limits – like Gleneden Beach, Salishan, areas between Newport and Waldport and to just north of Yachats, not to mention up several rivers.
Under the new rules, new and existing vacation home rentals, if they’ve got enough bedrooms, could entertain up to 16 occupants. But they will have to provide enough off-street parking – they can’t dump their guests’ vehicles on the streets and clog up the roads. Vacation home rentals will have to comply with noise and trash regulations, sign up for regular garbage service, pay room taxes and neighbors will have to be notified when a new vacation rental is being established within 250 feet of any neighbor. Also, the names of vacation home owners and/or their property management companies will have to be posted on line, and if neighbors complain of noise or any other disturbance coming from a vacation rental, the owner or their management company will have to respond within ONE HOUR. And if violations start to stack up, their vacation rental license can be revoked.
Although final adoption of these new rules are expected in August, they won’t legally take effect until December first in order to allow rental owners to adjust their properties to accommodate the new regulations.