Tuesday, October 17, 2017
City Hall Anti-Tech Resolution: Show-Me Kansas City Asking Missouri For Airbnb Taxes
Here's a look at the latest City Hall crackdown on tech at the behest of neighbors concerned about transient traffic.
Moreover . . .
THIS REQUEST FOR SHORT-TERM RENTAL TAXES SHOULD EFFECTIVELY TAKE THE PROFIT MOTIVE OUT OF MOST AIRBNB OPERATORS IN KANSAS CITY!!!
And once again the "transformative" nature of this new service and the power of apps as "disruptors" of industries is really just a matter of how quickly local government catches up to tax small biz and local operators. Which has always been pretty fast in this rather biz unfriendly town.
Check this week's resolution that's pretty much the opposite of "silicon prairie" hype.
RESOLUTION NO. 170778
Declaring the City’s intention to include a legislative priority for the upcoming state legislative session to clarify provisions authorizing the Convention and Tourism Tax so that the tax may be applied to short term rentals, and so that the tax may be used for neighborhood home repair.
WHEREAS, the City imposes a 7 1/2 % Convention and Tourism Tax on charges for room nights in hotels, motels and tourist courts; and
WHEREAS, the statutory authority for this tax defines “hotel, motel or tourist court” as lodging having more than eight bedrooms, and therefore the tax does not apply to transient lodging with less than eight bedrooms; and
WHEREAS, the City Council is considering two short term rental ordinances which would allow the provision of transient lodging in homes with less than eight bedrooms; and
WHEREAS, if the short term rentals are not required to pay the Convention and Tourism Tax, those establishments would receive an unfair advantage on City taxation; and
WHEREAS, a change in the state definition would allow the City to impose this tax on short term rentals with less than eight bedrooms and would level the playing field for all transient lodging . . .
WHEREAS, a change in the restrictions on spending the Convention and Tourism tax is needed so the City can use the additional revenue from the short term rentals for home repair assistance; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
Section 1. That the City Council intends to include in its legislative priorities for the 2018 state legislative session a change to the Convention and Tourism Tax authorization so that short term rentals with less than eight bedrooms may be required to pay this tax.
Section 2. That the City Council intends to additionally seek a change in the restrictions on spending the revenues from the Convention and Tourism Tax so that the additional revenues from the tax can be spent on home repair assistance.
Developing . . .