Resort cities like Coeur d’Alene could assess higher sales tax to make up for the increased cost of tourism, under a bill proposed by Rep. Hilde Kellogg, R-Post Falls.
A House of Representatives committee on Tuesday voted to hold a hearing on Kellogg’s bill. Under it, cities of more than 10,000 people can now assess higher sales tax if 60 percent of the city’s voters approve it.
“It’s a local issue and local control,” said Kellogg. The money is needed, she said, for infrastructure, such as police, fire, water, sewer and road services made necessary by the higher tourist population.
Kellogg successfully pushed an identical bill through the House last year, but it died in a Senate committee. This year’s bill faces a similar tight deadline. Lawmakers expect the legislative session to end in about 10 days. Still, Kellogg said she believes the bill has enough time to make it through both houses.