AAHOA, ORLA MONITOR CITY’S HOTEL TAX REVENUE PROPOSALS

SALEM, OREGON, RECENTLY changed its plan to use transient lodging tax funds for library funding gaps. AAHOA and the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
have been closely monitoring the municipality’s attempts to divert the protected revenue from its intended purpose, promoting tourism.

Instead, the city will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Hotel taxes diverted from tourism could diminish funding for year-round visitor attraction
efforts, AAHOA said in a statement.

“AAHOA and ORLA were proactive in ensuring appropriate use of the transient lodging tax in the city of Salem,” said Taran Patel, AAHOA’s Northwest regional
director. “This is a great example of the importance of AAHOA members being active in advocacy at the local levels of government.”