Bed Tax.
Bed Tax or "Transient Occupany Tax" in Lake Arrowhead

A "bed tax" is a levy imposed by a local government on hotel stays within its jurisdiction. A bed tax is a way for local governments to raise taxes without incurring the wrath of voters since, by definition, the people paying the tax are out of towners who don't vote in local elections.

In San Bernardino County, where Lake Arrowhead is located, the bed tax rate is currently 7%. This Tax is imposed on the occupancy of space or use of furnishings or other services or accommodations in a hotel, motel, or any other structure intended for occupancy by transients for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes for a period of thirty (30) consecutive calendar days or less.

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Chamber Receives Bed Tax Appropriation (From The Mountain News)

Each year local mountain chambers of commerce join their counterparts in other unincorporated areas of San Bernardino in receiving “Transient Occupancy Tax,” more informally known as “bed taxes” from the county and 2006 will prove to be no different.

On Feb. 14 the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors gave the chambers and similar organizations a “valentine's gift” when they approved the amount due to each chamber. Overall, 20 chambers of commerce will share a total of $260,000.

As usual the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce will receive the most money of all 19 chambers with $138,264 while the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will receive $6,693 and the Crestline Chamber of Commerce will net $7,674.

The funds are awarded each year to the chambers or other recreation organizations to help promote tourism in their particular community and each chamber is accountable to the county for how the funds will be used. Read Entire Article

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