County adopts transient lodging tax

Operators of lodging facilities that offer stays less than 30 days must begin paying a short-term lodging tax effective July 1, 2019. This tax does not directly affect County residents since tourists and visitors primarily stay in hotels and other lodging facilities within the County.

As allowed under ORS 320.300, Benton County will impose a 3% county-wide Transient Lodging Tax (TLT) effective July 1, 2019 via Ordinance 2019-294 that will create Chapter 39 Transient Lodging Tax in the Benton County Code. The tax will apply to facilities with lodgers of short-term stays less than 30 days and with rental availability to the public of more than 30 days in a calendar year. This includes hotels, motels, resorts, inns, bed & breakfasts, cabins, lodges, RV sites and campgrounds, vacation rental houses, and any other dwelling unit used for temporary overnight stays.