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Letter: ‘Summer tourism is doing well in spite of efforts by the city council’

Summer tourism is doing well in spite of efforts by the city council to harm the only growth industry in South Lake Tahoe, that of vacation rentals. We reminded the city at a recent council meeting that the slogan of “America’s All-Year Playground” was a familiar phrase on the South Shore before the city council decided to hit the vacation rental industry with exorbitant permit fees, visitor-unfriendly police enforcement and totally unnecessary and non-productive regulations including increased signage, escape plans and building inspections so that they could build a greater bureaucracy than already exists.

You would think that the vacation-rental industry is nothing but chopped liver even though we are producing almost $2 million in Transient Occupancy Tax, which amounts to about 10 percent of the city’s operating budget.

I guess Ms. Kerry feels guilty about the city’s attack on the vacation-rental industry when she cautions that “our growth is not sustainable.” We figure that the new city ordinance will reduce vacation rentals 10-20 percent by impacting real estate sales and driving the rent-by-owners underground.

Keep it up, city, by raising all of the fees and taxes to the businesses that keep the community afloat. We hear that as many as 15 real estate escrows have been cancelled even before the new ordinance went into effect.

Jim Morris

Lake Tahoe Accommodations

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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