Georgia County to Tax State Park Cabins/Yurts
In what seems an increasingly desperate quest for funds, the Dade County Commission in Georgia resolved at its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 1 to pass a hotel/motel sales tax that will cover rental cabins, including those at Cloudland Canyon State Park.
The county is located in the extreme northwest corner of the state.
Commission Executive Chairman Ted Rumley reminded the full commission that the county had discussed a hotel-motel excise several years ago but had opted out due to the consideration that unincorporated Dade does not technically have any hotels or motels, the Dade County Sentinel, Trenton, reported.
Now, though, said Rumley, it had come to the commission’s attention that rental cabins qualify for this allowable county excise; state parks these days do collect sales tax on taxable commodities, and the county could use the money.
The hotel/motel tax resolution passed unanimously though the Sentinel was unable to ascertain how much it will be or when it will start. A printout on the tax specified that 3% is generally the allowable rate though counties may collect more provided the revenues are used for certain specified purposes such as trade shows and tourism.
Rumley said after the meeting he would have a better idea in a week or so how much income Dade could hope for from the tax – the Georgia Department of Revenue was helping with the calculation, he said – but he believed the city of Trenton collects $20,000 to $25,000 yearly on the one motel the town boasts, giving Dade hopes for similar benefits from the rental cabins. “Probably more than that, because they’re booked year round,” he said of the Cloudland Canyon accommodations.
Park personnel confirmed that Cloudland has 16 rental cottages and 10 yurts and that they stay pretty heavily occupied, though weekends are busier than weekdays and winter is slower than summer.
There are also a few privately owned rental cabins in the county.