Editor’s note: In the Truckee flowchart, the total revenue amount stated incorrectly reflects that it includes the 2% that goes into the Truckee Business Improvement District (TBID); that is a separate total and we thank our vigilant readers for bringing this to our attention. A correction will be issued in December’s print edition. Transparency and accuracy are of paramount importance at Moonshine Ink, so please keep up the critical reading!
When guests stay at a hotel or short-term rental, their bill includes a transient occupancy tax, or TOT. The visitor-rich environment of Tahoe/Truckee means a pretty penny is raised in TOTs by local jurisdictions. Readers asked how much exactly is collected and where does the money go? These charts illustrate the flow of cash, based on information from the town and counties. (Washoe County charges a similar tax, at a rate of 13.5% in most Reno districts and Sparks and 13% in Reno’s district B and elsewhere in the county, called the Transient Lodging Tax, that is collected and managed by the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority.)
~ Infographics created by Sarah Miller/Moonshine ink
Main Image Caption: TOT FUNDS collected in the Town of Truckee support community services including snow removal. Courtesy photo