Take another look at TRT limitations...
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    In the Dec. 13 Times-Independent Letters from the People, "Landfill rate hike causes hardships...," Sara Melnicoff states that "The transient room tax collected by the county is designed to deal with infrastructure needs." For clarification, I believe the initial transient room tax was designed to market Utah as a tourist destination. This succeeded rather well.

    The taxes collected in Grand County first go to the state, where a percentage is appropriated to the Utah Travel Council, then a percentage is returned to city and county governments. Through state legislation, only one-third of the funds returned locally can be used for infrastructure, while two-thirds must be spent to promote more tourism.

    Considering local budget problems, as witnessed in several recent Times articles, perhaps a legislative amendment is in order that will allow local government to determine its own budget needs. Maybe it is time the legislature took another look at the laws governing transient room tax appropriations.

‒David Knutson

Moab

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