Silt lodging tax fails again
SILT – For the second time, a proposed lodging tax failed in the town of Silt, but voters approved the formation of a home rule charter commission to move the town from a statutory to a home rule municipality.According to unofficial results of Tuesday’s municipal election, the lodging tax failed 242 to 207.The tax would have added $3.50 per night to motel rates in the town. Silt currently has one lodging facility – The Red River Motel on Highway 6&24.Trustee Dave Moore, who proposed the tax question and won the mayor’s position in the election, said he intended to bring back the lodging tax question again until it passed. The lodging tax was first introduced in 2004 and was turned down by voters by a 58 to 42 percent margin. The failure of the proposal to pass at that time was blamed on the wording of the ballot question, which said the tax revenue would go into the general fund and did not specify the monies for town beautification.With voters approving making the town a home rule municipality, Moore said the language on the lodging tax question would be worded differently in the future and may bring about different results.Longtime Silt Mayor John Evans said he wasn’t surprised the lodging tax question didn’t pass.”But I think it will pass one of these times in the future,” Evans said. Voters approved the formation of a home rule charter commission 261 to 177. The nine members elected to the commission were Janet G. Aluise, Rick Aluise, Dave Moore, Rhonda A. Morgan, Ronald B. Morgan, Paul Taylor, Doug Williams, John Zeller and Joy Zeller.
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