Nevada voters will see a public measure regarding the hotel/motel tax on the ballot when they go to the polls Nov. 5.
According to Nevada City Administrator Elizabeth Hansen, voting “yes” to the public measure means you agree to “lower the tax burden on visitors and on the motel from 6 percent to 5 percent.” Voting “no” means you want the tax to remain at 6 percent.
Hansen said a Council Budget Committee requested that city staff look into the process of lowering the hotel/motel tax on Nevada’s only motel - Budget Inn & Suites of Nevada - for two reasons:
1) To give a break to our only motel, so they could pass on the savings to attract more customers to Nevada.
2) The tax is used for events and marketing to help attract visitors to Nevada who will hopefully stay at our motel and spend money in our community.
Hansen said if Nevada had more than one motel/hotel, Nevada could generate more money; and a lower hotel/motel tax might entice another motel to come to Nevada. Nearby Ames’ hotel/motel tax is 7 percent.
This year’s motel/hotel tax revenue, Hansen said, was used to pay for fireworks and to expand the Official Guide to Nevada, copies of which can be picked up at the Nevada Chamber office, City Hall and the Nevada Journal.