The Oregon Legislative Revenue Office has published the HB 4146 Transient Lodging Tax Work Group Report.
HB 4146 directed the Legislative Revenue Office to lead an interim work group to study a series of specific travel industry issues. HB 4146 marked the first major change in Oregon’s statewide transient lodging tax law since it was created in 2003 with the passage of HB 2267. The major provisions of the bill are:
- An increase in the tax rate from 1% to 1.8% for the period July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2020. On July 1, 2020 the rate goes to 1.5%. The new higher rate is expected to generate an additional $12.7 million in the 2015-17 biennium and $27.4 million in the 2017-19 biennium after allowance for collection costs.
- A requirement that 20% of revenue collected from the transient lodging tax be spent implementing the regional cooperative tourism program and 10% be allocated to a competitive grant program to fund tourism-related facilities and events. The bill directs the Tourism Commission to base grant awards on demonstrated return on investment, geographic equity and community support.
- A requirement that the Tourism Commission submit an annual report to the Legislative Fiscal Office that identifies funds received by the commission and awards and commitments authorized by the commission.
- Directs Legislative Revenue Office to lead a work group to examine a series of issues that arose during the 2016 Legislative session. These specific issues are identified in this report along with specific responses to each based on work group deliberations. The work group is directed to submit a report to the Legislature no later than December 9, 2016.
Read the full report from the Oregon State Legislature online.
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