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Failure of Silt lodging tax ‘blessing in disguise,’ says trustee

Heidi Rice

A major proponent of the Silt occupational lodging tax is calling the failure of the question to pass in Tuesday night’s election a “blessing in disguise.”Town trustee Dave Moore, who proposed the tax, said Wednesday morning that the measure likely failed because its wording said the funds were earmarked for the town’s general fund. They were not specified for the beautification and improvements to Silt for which they were intended.According to unofficial final results issued early Wednesday morning, the measure failed with 486 “no” votes and 349 in favor – a 58 to 42 percent margin.”This was a blessing in disguise because the money was earmarked for the general fund, unlike other towns,” Moore said. “There was nothing in the ballot question that said anything about beautification, only that it was going into the general fund.”The tax would have added $2.50 per night to lodging tax rates in town.


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