Visitor lodging tax in Ramona brings 4.5% more in ‘12-13
By Joe Naiman
The County of San Diego collected more Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue for Fiscal Year 2012-13 than in any fiscal year since 2008-09, and TOT collected from Ramona lodging establishments increased 4.5 percent over 2011-12.
The county collected $2.65 million TOT revenue in 2012-13, an increase from $2.58 million in 2011-12 and $2.45 million in 2010-11. The county collected $2.8 million TOT money in 2008-09. Ramona’s TOT revenue rose from $105,516 in 2011-12 to $110,252 in 2012-13, the county reports.
The tax, which is 8 percent of the lodging unit rate, is collected from occupants of hotels, motels, bed and breakfast venues, mobile home parks, private campgrounds and other structures occupied or intended for
occupancy by non-residents for lodging or sleeping purposes. A timeshare unit used by an ownership partner is not subject to TOT, but it is subject to the tax if it is rented to the general public. Campgrounds at the county’s eight parks are exempt, as are lodging facilities on Indian reservations or other areas where the county has no taxation power.
The tax is only collected in the county’s unincorporated area, but the revenue is used for the county’s Community Enhancement program and may be given to organizations in incorporated cities as well as unincorporated communities. Community Enhancement funds are intended to promote tourism, including visitors from other parts of the county, and are allocated during the county’s annual budget process in June, the county reports.
- Ramona hotel, motel taxes up from last year
- Chamber, historical society seek TOT money
- County OKs $42,000 for chamber and $15,000 for historical society
- Four Ramona groups ask for $417,000 of county hotel/motel taxes
- Ramona chamber, museum ask for $87,000 in county TOT money
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