I am writing today about the 5% lodging tax proposal which those who are registered to vote in Carlton Landing will be deciding June 30. Absentee ballots containing the issue were mailed out this week.
You may be wondering why we need such a tax and how it will affect you. Glad you asked!
Why is a lodging (hotel/motel) tax needed in Carlton Landing?
• Cities in Oklahoma are limited in their ability to generate operating revenue. Towns can collect sales and use taxes and collect fees for services but state law does not allow cities to use property taxes for general operations. As the pace of home construction in Carlton Landing rises and falls, so do sales tax collections. In fiscal year 2017, we collected $134,000 in sales taxes. By 2019, that number had fallen to $106,000 and this year, we’re on track for an even lower number.
• Carlton Landing does have a utility tax and a use tax, but right now those bring in very little revenue. In coming years, more dollars will come in from these two taxes.
• As the town prospers, the Board of Trustees hopes to provide more services and amenities to residents and visitors, such as alley and entrance road improvements, road extensions (Ridgeline Road, Stephens Road and Water Street), street lighting, a nature center (where small and large meetings can be held) and more nature trails. TIF money (Tax Increment Financing funds tied to property taxes) can help us build these, but it is up to the city to operate and maintain them and that takes general operating funds which we don’t have a lot of.
Who pays the lodging tax?
• Renters and tourists who visit our fair city and stay in rental homes and properties for temporary overnight occupancy will pay the 5% tax. (We have no lodging tax now.)
• Anyone exempt from paying sales taxes would not have to pay the lodging tax, plus:
o Permanent residents
o Employees of any state and federal government agency or division.
o Employees of any charitable, philanthropic or educational organization, corporation or association.
The lodging tax will simply be collected by the lodging provider at the time the bill is paid. All proceeds will go directly into Carlton Landing’s General Fund to pay for operations. The tax’s effective date, if passed by voters, is Oct. 1, 2020.
A recent survey shows that most cities and towns impose a lodging tax – the Carlton Landing Board of Trustees feels the time has come for Carlton landing to do likewise. In April of this year, the Board unanimously endorsed the establishment of this lodging tax and called for a vote of the people.
Remember, only those who are registered to vote in the town of Carlton Landing can vote on this matter. To be eligible to vote in the June 30 election, you must be registered by June 5, 2020.
Thanks very much – see you at the polls!
Trustee, Town of Carlton Landing
The Carlton Landing Board of Trustees is utilizing video/teleconferencing, as allowed by SB 661, during Economic Development Trust and Board of Trustees meetings. Trustees encourage those wishing to stay involved with the activities of the Board to also participate via video/teleconference. The meeting is open to the public, but to stay safe, healthy and help limit the spread of COVID-19 please participate by video/teleconference.
The following provides directions for calling in and participating in the meeting.
CLEDT and Board of Trustees Meeting – May 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM
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Meeting ID: 771 267 8360
Call one of these two numbers:
1 346-248-7799 or 1 669-900-6833
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Welcome to Carlton Landing!
Conceived in childhood memories of lake vacations, Carlton
Landing was born on the shores of Lake Eufaula in eastern
Oklahoma. It is a manifestation of the vision of “the essence of life
well lived”. Carlton Landing is being grown and nurtured by
modern day pioneers who see an ideal place to spend peaceful
days raising their families in a more carefree environment. The
homes and cottages of Carlton Landing are a reflection of the
quieter lifestyle known at the turn of the century.
Carlton Landing is a resort-style walking community built on the
concept of New Urbanism. It’s goals are to preserve the natural
setting of the lake, while providing diverse recreational activities
such as boating, kayaking, walking and biking on wooded trails,
and swimming in pools and in the lake, all while enjoying good
friends and great food.
Carlton Landing became Oklahoma’s newest town in 2013. It is
governed as a Statutory Town and the Governing Body consists of
five Trustees, a Clerk, Deputy Clerk, and a Treasurer.