Opponents of Measure 21-203 claim it will hurt tourism. A “Lighthouse Awards” article refers to it as, “an anti-tourism measure that would ban vacation rentals in Lincoln County.” That is a lie! Measure 21-203 will phase out, over 5 years, only STRs outside city limits (unincorporated Lincoln County). The current number of STRs in that category is 525-530. That is not banning vacation rentals in Lincoln County.
In a 10/1 article in News-Times, it says, “phasing out of all short-term rentals would substantially impact the county’s transient room tax takings.” It then states what makes up the $3.3 million collected annually by Lincoln County: per night tax on rentals in vacation homes, hotels, and campgrounds. There is no movement to phase out all short-term rentals.
Proponents of Measure 21-203 are not against tourism. They recognize the big role tourism plays in the financial well-being of Lincoln County. They do not object to STRs, when they operate in areas that do not devastate residential neighborhoods. Measure 21-203 is about businesses (STRs) operating in areas that are zoned for residential use. Proponents of the measure are not objecting to existing STRs in tourist-commercial areas, nor to the expansion of STRs in those areas. They are fighting to maintain the safety and integrity of their homes in unprotected residential zones.
Read the measure. Check the claims made by both sides. Then, if you choose to, vote “Yes” on Measure 21-203.