Council still mulling lodging tax terms
At the request of Mayor Rick Olson, the city has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, April 17, with the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce and McMinnville Downtown Association for yet more discussion. The public session is set for 7 p.m. in the McMinnville Civic Hall, 200 N.E. Second St.
Items suggested for discussion by the city staff — based on previous council statements — include where its rate should be set, how broadly it should be applied, how the proceeds could best be collected, how to handle appeals and how to allocate the funds.
The council also needs to decide who should be in charge of the 70 percent of funds mandated for tourism-related expenses — itself, a special committee or a “contractual entity.”
The city staff is recommending the council hold a public hearing on the enabling ordinance once it has settled on the terms. It is recommending May 14 for that.
Around the state, rates range from 3 percent to 9 percent, with tourist points typically toward the upper end of the scale. The chamber and association have suggested the rate be set at a mid-point level of 6 percent.