I have been hosting in Sacramento for over year or so and am registered with the City.
On October 23, the City Council will be holding a public hearing on their plans to adopt a Resolution of Intention to establish "the Sacramento Tourism Infrastructure District No. 2018-04 (the STID) to levy taxed on short-term rentals. They state in the notice sent out that the tax will be at 1% to pay for a Ballroom and the STID annual budget of $3.12 Million dollars.
It seems to me that they are trying to establish a district to impose regulations, inforcement, and taxes down the road for us small business owners.
Many other cities do not have such districts and agencies to impose these regulations, such as Costa Mesa, CA. I question if this is something that would be benificial for us or just be burden in the future.
I wanted to get the communities feedback and thoughts on the issue. Would love to hear your thoughts. If protest is in the picture, it needs to be fast.
Hi Kris, here is some simple language you can copy and paste into a word doc and edit to send to the city:
Office of the City Clerk
City of Sacrmento
915 “1” Street
New City Hall
Sacramento, CA 95814
To Whom it May Concern,
I, who am operating a short-term rental, at ADDRESS HERE protest the proposed “Sacramento Tourism Infrastructure District No. 2018-04 (the “STID”). I strongly encourage the City Council to reject the adoption of the “STID.”
NAME / SIGNATURE HERE
I got a letter about this
what the heck
we already pay 12% taxes to the county
Kris, I think the 12% tax is something different. This, I think is a new tax.
This is what I got from Airbnb last year about the 12% tax.
Yes I know
its just that they want to add additional taxes which I assume WE pay
not collected by AirBnB at booking
12% on top is already a lot
hoping this does not go through
along with their board and then there is s proposition wanting to add a board to set prices on what I can charge in my home apparently
I do not understand what this tax is
what does a ballroom have to do with anything and I definitely do not want additional taxes and regulations
I agree. I believe their logic is that the ballroom will increase tourism and because we are participating in that - we should pay for it.
Here is some additional information on the topic from the City's meeting minutes on the matter:
From what I have read so far, they are tying to implement a tourism district within the boundary shown in the link below to regulate and impose additional taxes on short term rental hosts.
I'll send a letter in. I don't see that there would be a benenfit for me from this tax. Taxes are high enough already and the city and county need to work within their means.
Much appreciated Mike / Joey. Beyond just the taxes, this regulative body will have implications in the future in how they will impose restrictions on us small business owners.
Hey Carrie I'm a host in the Pocket and need a cleaning turnover person every once and a while. Do you have any recommendations?
FYI there is legal action being taken against the Tourism Board and city for the extra tax for the ballroom.
Thank you David,
I've sent a letter to the City of Sacramento based on the one you provided. I've also reached out to a friend who offers short-term-rentals and asked him to do the same.
Do you have any other suggestions on what we can do to reverse this tax-targeting of mom-and-pop short-term-rental providers? I swear, the City of Sacramento is making it so hard to do business with them, I'm consider selling the property and getting out of the rental business.
Additionally, Proposition 10, the rent control measure will make it even harder for us. https://noprop10.org/
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