Letters to the Editor

No bond for roads

Grover Beach Public Works Director Greg Ray shows what started out as pavement and over the years has turned to gravel.
Grover Beach Public Works Director Greg Ray shows what started out as pavement and over the years has turned to gravel. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Grover Beach needs to fix the streets.

This has been a fact for many years. Taxing the homeowners for the next several decades is not the solution. Pismo Beach has a huge budget to pay for its infrastructure because of its transient occupancy tax. Grover Beach has the same untapped resource that has been apparently forgotten by our City Council.

Though we do not have all of the hotels of our neighbor, we do have a vacation rental boom. Unlike most cities, vacation rental houses in Grover Beach do not pay a dime of transient occupancy tax, they are also not required to operate under a business license, nor are they regulated in any way.

Basically, you can come in here from out of town, buy a house cheaply in a depressed market, list it as a vacation rental on the Internet, and rake in the bucks, all without contributing to the community.

This is happening all over town, with sometimes eight to 10 people staying in a three-bedroom home for a week at a time. The revenue generated from this could easily contribute a solution to the money problems in our town.

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