Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Stop Lyin! Measure P 4% Increase

The Trinidad Bay Bed and Breakfast Hotel, https://www.hotel-trinidad-california.com/ did not comply with the City of Trinidad’s unconstitutional 10-12% tax increase January 1, 2022.

We demanded the City reset the tax to 8%, which is what we collect. It took them months, until April 2022, but they have complied. 


Here’s the T on P! 

Fixed! You’re Welcome 😂 

…from our City of Trinidad website:

While attempting to implement After a tax rate increase from 10% to 12% on January 1, 2022, within the framework and guidance of an outdated Occupancy Tax Ordinance in late 2021, the City was informed ( see our January 19th letter above ) that the increase from 8% to 10% in 2011 was adopted by City Ordinance was unconstitutional. 

It was not, however, put forth to the voters at a qualified election as required by California State law.  As a result, the rate was immediately reduced months later to the rate in place prior to California Proposition 218 (8%), and staff began taking the necessary steps to bring the question to the voters at the November 2022 General Election.

The City should just say, “We messed up.” They should say, “We regret unconstitutionally overcharging our town’s guests for the last decade, and here’s the refund process.”

The City is “fixing” their mistakes by now complying with our State of California Constitution and putting a whopping 4% tax increase on the November 08, 2022 General Election as Measure P. 

City Website Links:

Argument Against Measure P 4% Tax Increase


Rebuttal to City’s Argument For It


Current City Website: November 08 General Election Information


City of Trinidad Council Meeting 

October 11, 2022: 

Public Comment Period

City’s 4% Tax Increase — Unaddressed lies in their rebuttal to the Argument Against Measure P.

And more lies from the City’s uncorrected web page

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