Indian Wells Hotel Tax Increase, Measure H (November 2011)
The approval of Measure H means that the hotel tax in Indian Wells will increase from 9.25% to 11.25%.
The tax must be paid by paying guests who stay in a "cottage, condominium, house, hotel, inn, tourist home or house, motel, studio hotel, bachelor hotel, lodging house, rooming house, apartment house, dormitory, public or private club, time share program, or other similar structure or portion thereof" for a period of 30 consecutive calendar days or less.
- Election results are from the Riverside County elections office.
- (Note: Opponents of Measure H did not submit arguments against it for the official voter guide.)
The voter pamphlet arguments in favor of Measure H were signed by:
- Patrick J. Mullany, Mayor of Indian Wells
- William Powers, Mayor Pro Tem of Indian Wells
- Larry Spicer, Indian Wells Council Member
- Douglas H. Hanson, Indian Wells Council Member
- Mary T. Roche, Indian Wells Council Member
Arguments in favor
The argument in the official voter guide on behalf of Measure H said in part:
- "The City needs your support to increase the transient occupancy tax from the current rate of 9.25% to 11.25%. The new tax rate is projected to generate approximately $1 million annually in additional revenue needed to help ensure the long-term fiscal health of the City. The proposed 11.25% rate is equivalent to the average TOT rate in the Coachella Valley, and below the average for a luxury destination across the country. Indian Wells hotels are in support of this ballot measure as they, too, have a vested benefit in ensuring the City’s financial stability and its ability to promote tourism. The hotels concluded that the increase will not have a negative impact on hotel gross sales or the ability to book future leisure and group business."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure H: Shall Ordinance Bill No. 2011-05 be adopted to approve an increase in the City’s Transient Occupancy Tax from the current rate of nine and one quarter percent (9.25%) to a rate of eleven and one-quarter percent (11.25%)?|
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