The Morro Bay City Council has taken the next step to increase to 3 percent from the current 2 percent its tax on hotel bills that helps fund tourism promotion.
The council introduced and held its first vote on the increase Monday after holding a hearing to allow protests to be filed.
Final adoption of the increase is scheduled for Sept. 27; it will go into effect Nov. 1.
The proposed increase restores the 3 percent level that had dropped July 1 when an earlier levy expired. The increase is expected to generate an additional $165,000 in revenue annually.
It is to be spent on tourism marketing and promotional efforts. The money goes to the city’s tourism business improvement district and is on top of a 10 percent bed tax that goes to city government.
The exact amount the increase will generate will fluctuate year to year based on room and occupancy rates.
For a protest to have been successful, hoteliers representing more than half the 932 rooms in Morro Bay would have to have protested.
Most hoteliers support the increase because it goes directly to tourism promotion, according to city officials. They had opposed a previous attempt to send revenue from the increase to city coffers.
— David Sneed
Goodwill programs get accreditation
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities has announced that Goodwill Industries and its Shoreline Workforce Development Services division have been accredited for three years for their Business and Career One Stop Centers and other job development programs.
This accreditation, the highest level that the commission awards, applies to the three Business and Career One Stop Centers in San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach and Paso Robles, at the Cuesta College North County campus.
This is the 10th straight three-year accreditation to be awarded to Goodwill Industries, according to the nonprofit organization.
Business and Career One-Stop Centers provide help for job seekers and employers through training referrals, career counseling, job listings and other programs.
— Julia Hickey