The Fear Factor
Opponents of Measure 21-203 have pulled out the big guns: significant $$$ lost if the measure passes. The numbers are big! They are scary! But wait…can that much money be lost with the phase-out of only 525-530 Short Term Rentals (STR’s) in unincorporated Lincoln County?
Opponents of Measure 21-203 claim “STR visitors generate $3.8 million in construction and renovation.” Yet, one of their websites says that number is the “value of all Construction Permits issued in 2019 in Lincoln County.” All construction permits (as listed in their sources) yet you see $3.8 million lost.
Opponents of Measure 21-203 claim “STR visitors spend $27 million at local restaurants.” Wow! That’s a lot of money. But does it really represent just STR visitors? Maybe it represents total tourist dollars? Could it include what locals spend when they eat at local restaurants?
Opponents of Measure 21-203 claim “STR rental visitors spend $105 million on local travel.” The biggest number of all! But wait…how does their travel spending impact you? How did they determine this much came from STR visitors vs. day travelers?
Before you cast your vote, put on the brakes, and consider the claims made by the opponents of Measure 21-203. Do they ring true to you? Do you have doubts regarding the way the numbers have been used? No matter the decision you reach, remember this one important fact: Measure 21-203 is not about all STRs in Lincoln County. The only impact is on STRs outside of city limits (in unincorporated Lincoln County), less than a fourth of total STRs. Can you overcome your fear and support the people who are trying to restore their residential neighborhoods, outside of city limits? Vote “YES” on Measure 21-203.
Linda Keehn, Waldport, OR
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