SEELEY LAKE – Some residents of Seeley Lake are pushing for a 3 percent resort tax on “luxury items.”
The proposal is not a new one, but it has gained some momentum since the state designated Seeley Lake a “resort area” several months ago. The idea is to have tourists share some of the financial burden for maintaining the town’s infrastructure.
Backers of the levy hope to circulate petitions and, with enough support, place the proposal before voters in November.
Levy supporters say growth will require money to pay for improvements to the town’s water and sewer system. Currently, everyone has individual septic tanks and some say there needs to be a community sewer system to protect the lake’s water quality.
The levy would apply to anything tourists might purchase. Excluded are essential items including food and gas.
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