MT wrote:In Mammoth, though, Urdi has proposed a 0.5 percent surcharge of everything and anything...from sport shops to restaurants.
The revenues from the TBID would go straight into the town’s general fund to help bolster Mammoth’s budget for air service...
Gregory said it should be up to the group to decide whether it’s a group or Mountain responsibility, but that “this is not a scam for us to come up with money for air service.”
Business Improvement District fee on tourism-based businesses in Mammoth
mistrust has been the main sticking point in what some businesses still regard as a tourist tax, even though technically it is not.
TheSnowman wrote:BS ... NO MORE TAXES
FTI Capital Advisors, reporting directly to TOML wrote:Inferior goods and services do not benefit from being made more expensive.
Notably, at 13 percent, Mammoth Lakes’ current transient occupancy tax rate is exceeded by only eight out of 431 California cities levying this tax...
Taxes on tourists are [actually the opposite of "free money for the townsfolk"], because, other things equal, they lessen the return to investment in the businesses serving them.
Grumpy wrote:Once this passes, which it will, it will then secure the sale of Mammoth Mountain to Vail Resorts. Once again the town folk being played like suckers.
Smells like Intrawest all over again.
Therefore, MMSA and a few other large businesses can essentially pass a BID all by themselves.
Attendees at Wednesday’s meeting included Rusty Gregory, Bob Peckenpaugh, Ron Cohen and Jim Smith from MMSA, Kirk Schaubmayer of the Alpenhof Lodge, Tony Colasardo of Footloose Sports, Tom Cage of Kittredge Sports, Michael Ledesma of Gomez’s Restaurant and Tequileria, Rhonda Duggan of Sierra Nevada Resort and John Morris of Snowcreek Resort. Town Councilmember and owner of the Old New York Deli Michael Raimondo appeared via speakerphone.
To sweeten the pot, [MMSA] would offer participating local small businesses discounted and transferable season passes
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