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Coalville Seeking Public Input About Transient Room Tax


The Coalville City Council is inviting public input, at its meeting next week, on a proposal to set up a one percent Transient Room Tax.

    The Transient Room Tax will be discussed at the Council’s meeting on Monday, at 6:00 pm, at Coalville City Hall.

City Council Member Tyler Rowser said the tax would apply to about half-a-dozen establishments, including the Best Western, the Moore Motel, and some campgrounds.

Rowser said the tax is worth considering as another source of revenue.

“With Transient Room generally being paid by people who are not citizens of the city, it’s a way of generating some more revenue for the city, without having to tax the citizens of the city.” Rowser continued.

“In running some initial numbers with the State Tax Commission, it’s a fairly modest number of about $1000 a month. But that’s something I believe we could put towards projects in the city or special events, or anything like that.”

He said if the tax is approved, it couldn’t be implemented until January the 1st.

On another tax, though, Summit County’s new .25 transit tax, the Council decided they could not support it.

“The numbers were produced from the county, were only if all 29 counties participated in this. So, when they’re talking $20,000 to Coalville City, that’s only if 29 counties participated." Rowser said "to my knowledge 20 counties did not participate in this tax. Summit County as a whole looking at it—no matter what, would end up subsidizing other counties in the state.  I think that there should have been some better legislation go on with that from the state level, rather than pushing it onto the counties and the cities.”

Finally, the Council may look at another topic, during a summer with Utah already plagued by wildfires. Mayor Trevor Johnson noted the town has had a prohibition on fires and fireworks—but was lifting it for the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day. The mayor said they may rethink that for the 24th.

“There are fire restrictions within Coalville City limits, that as it relates to fireworks, that was lifted for the 4th and the 24th, or is currently." Mayor Johnson said. "Now, I think there’s an interest with the Council, to look at the 24th at this next Council meeting to see if the danger might be a little bit too high to keep that in place, the private fireworks."

Rowser says they’ve been lucky thus far.

“The closest one to Coalville was up Chalk Creek, just a few miles outside of Coalville City limits.   That was fairly rapidly contained. We had a pretty good rainstorm on top of that, and so that helped fire crews to be able to knock that down faster."

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