Vote No on Ballot Measure 21-203
As a single mom, I started cleaning vacation rentals 22 years ago, which allowed me to go back to school and get my degree. I then started a cleaning service, and expanded to Property Management. My small business employs several people at $20 per hour, and I make a point of employing single mothers. If this ballot measure passes, it will significantly reduce the number of hours that my employees work.
Over 500 Short-term Rentals will be put out of business. It makes no sense to do away with good businesses because of some badly operated businesses in the same trade. These homes are not affordable housing that will all of a sudden add to the available housing market. Many will remain vacation homes and be turned into 30-day rentals, costing thousands of dollars monthly to rent. Lincoln County will lose out on the 10% hotel room fees, and my employees won’t be getting the same hours to clean the homes.
As an example, one 5-bedrom home over a 14-day period in July, having 3 different families visiting, paid almost $1200 in taxes to Lincoln County – and my crew had 40 hours of work – at one house. By getting rid of these homes, the tourists will still be coming and over-crowding our roads, but many will be heading home after a day at the beach, taking their tourist dollars with them.
With Lincoln County being such a small community, I find it hard to believe there are many residents here who don’t know someone who relies on STR’s for income. Voting NO on Ballot Measure 21-203 will ensure that these hard-working people don’t lose their income.
This Letter to the Editor from Julie Osburne reveals her views and opinions on Ballot Measure 21-203. Her views and opinions are strictly her own and do not necessarily agree with the views of NewsLincolnCounty.com, its staff and management.