The Newport Rogue Ales’ room tax snafu is still hanging fire down at Newport City Hall. The council last month tried to settle it but got lost in a cloud of confusion – or something close to it.
Two Newport citizens who think Rogue Ales should pay the full amount of room taxes it owed to the city ran into somewhat of a brick wall – city officials stating that government policy allows only three years of back room taxes to be recouped. Several community members have been pressing to get ALL back taxes paid to the city. Not just three years worth.
Citizens were denied their request that those additional taxes be paid. The council agreed with a visiting municipal attorney that they lacked “legal standing” to file such a request.
So the city council set January 6th to take the matter up again during which the council will debate whether Newport citizens can legally demand that the full amount of past due taxes be paid to the city because they do believe they do have “legal standing,” as a citizen of Newport, to make such a demand.
Rogue officials claim their company didn’t know that their motel rooms in the back were subject to room taxes – which they are. Rogue made a partial payment on the past due taxes along with a check for $45,000 to upgrade the city’s skate park on Northwest High Street.
We’ll see what happens on January 6th.