By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
In what seems
an increasingly desperate quest for funds, the Dade County Commission resolved
at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday to pass a hotel/motel sales tax that
will cover rental cabins, including those at Cloudland Canyon State Park.
Executive Chairman Ted Rumley reminded the full commission assembled for the
Aug. 1 meeting 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.
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 flat use the money.
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
three percent 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.
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- 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
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.