Guest column: New county lodging tax increase is a kick in the teeth

Last week, without any discussion or consideration of the largest employment sector, Clatsop County commissioners voted for a countywide tax increase on lodging.

The additional 1 percent lodging tax, when added to the 9.5 percent tax already in place in unincorporated areas of the county, results in a whopping tax rate increase of 10.5 percent.

Local lodging operators were stunned by this vote and the county’s backwards approach, as not a single outreach effort was made by the county in advance.

Before moving forward, local lodging operators asked that our more at

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