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Editorial: Split on lodging tax

Our View

Craig voters face a difficult choice in the Nov. 2 general election — Referendum 2B or not 2B? The Editorial Board tackled the question at its most recent meeting, and found pros and cons to the question.

Our View

Craig voters face a difficult choice in the Nov. 2 general election — Referendum 2B or not 2B? The Editorial Board tackled the question at its most recent meeting, and found pros and cons to the question.

A progressive proposal that seeks to bolster the local economy by reinvesting back in the community.

An extreme, muddled idea that lost focus, and was poorly crafted and marketed to the public.



Editorial Board members used various descriptions at their Monday meeting for the Craig lodging tax, or Referendum 2B, that will appear before local voters in the Nov. 2 general election, but the two above seemed to be the most common.

Not surprisingly, board members couldn’t reach a unanimous opinion on whether to endorse the lodging tax.

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The lodging tax proposes collecting a 6.9-percent levy on various forms of lodging within city limits. The money would then be allocated into four areas dedicated to the improvement of tourism and economic development.

The board would have preferred to give readers a more clear-cut opinion on the measure — whether to vote in favor or against — but unfortunately, that’s not the case today.

We’re split, and perhaps that’s indicative of the voting public.

Both proponents and opponents conceded various points about the tax Monday. It has its positives and negatives.

However, where the Editorial Board found the most common ground was in the philosophy behind the proposal — diversifying the local economy.

We’ve been too reliant on our breadwinners — agriculture, ranching and energy — and when those industries struggle or, as is the case with energy today, come under scrutiny and bolstered regulations, the trickle-down effect touches everyone.

The thought behind the lodging tax was to help the economy along by funding other opportunities for economic development without saddling existing taxpayers with an additional burden.

To some board members, the idea and the proposed method to doing so is wholly agreeable.

To others, the idea went too far when the percentage ballooned to 6.9 percent.

We apologize for not being able to offer more today.

The best we can recommend is researching the proposal as much as possible between now and Election Day, knowing that your vote will help shape our community’s economic outlook for years to come.


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