GRAND COUNTY AND THE STATE OF UTAH
The stumbling blocks to achieve the funding Grand County needs to create and protect our future must be seriously addressed in a diplomatic but firm fashion at the State level. Although presenting somewhat different issues and challenges to the County, we need the State’s cooperation and support as Grand County works to address the explosive growth in tourism as well as the significant increase in second home ownership. Ultimately, what is good for Grand County, will be good for the State of Utah. It’s a win-win waiting to happen!
CHANGES NEEDED AT THE STATE LEVEL
· Transient Room Tax-(TRT) Grand County needs more control in directing how funds are spent from this tax. The distribution of the tax revenue mandated by state statute should be modified to give Grand County and other resort communities more latitude in spending the TRT. Grand County is struggling to deal with the strain that tourism puts on our water, roads and other infrastructure. Ideally the County should have full control of the taxes generated and make decisions on allocation based on present and future needs.
· Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT). Grand County should, like most U.S. resort areas, be allowed to establish a real estate transfer tax, paid upon the sale of a property by the buyer of the property. Local property sellers would not be penalized. It would immediately provide more funding for Affordable Housing, caring for our Parks, the Aquatic Center and City of Moab and Grand County amenities and infrastructures.