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Orland Pushes Hotel Tax Ballot Measure

Orland City leaders hope a measure on the November ballot will bring a much needed financial boost to important city services.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 6:32 PM

ORLAND, Calif. -- Orland City leaders hope a measure on the November ballot will bring a much needed financial boost to important city services.

But the city council today first had to iron-out a technicality in the measure's language.

The measure is called "Measure E." It would increase the hotel user tax in Orland by 2%.
A technicality in the language was corrected and approved by the city council this morning.

The current hotel user tax in Orland is 10%.
"Measure E" would raise that to 12%.

It's estimated that, if it passes, it would bring in an additional $30,000 every year to help pay for road repairs, boost law enforcement and economic development.
Mayor Charles Gee told Action News Now on Thursday that Orland's hotel tax is the lowest in the valley at 10% and says "Measure E" is simply a win-win.

"I think that if people understand that it's not going to be paid primarily by local people unless they stay at a hotel, I think it will be much more satisfactory for everybody to go ahead and pass it in that sense," said Mayor Charles Gee.

The mayor also says money from "Measure E" would help promote tourism and Orland's recent naming as the Queen "B" Capital of North America.

The measure now goes to the November 6th general election.

A simple majority is required to pass it.

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