Town Skips Campground License Hike
More than 25 people came to a Wells, Maine, meeting on Feb. 4 to weigh in on a proposed increase in lodging license fees, an increase that failed, Seacoastonline.com reported.
Wells Town Manager Jon Carter outlined the proposed increase in lodging license fees, which would've been the first increase in more than 10 years.
"The purpose of the fee increase is to assist in the additional financial commitment the town is making towards improvements in the local lodging industry regulation and enforcement," he said.
The proposed increase would've raised campground fees from $1 per site with a 100-unit cap to $2 per site with no cap.
Carter said the town supports businesses by making improvements to Wells Harbor and beaches as well as contributing $40,000 annually to the Wells Chamber of Commerce to assist in the promotion of the tourism industry.
Several business owners spoke against the proposed fee increase.
Craig Stevens of Bears Den RV Park in Wells expressed concern about the cumulative effects of numerous increases in operating a business.
"This increase probably doesn't really represent a whole great deal to me personally, but we live in a time when these small increases collectively become big increases," he said.
Patricia Casey, third generation owner of Stadig Mobile Park and Campground, said the campground fee proposal was "100% markup, that's crazy."
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