The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors met with their counterparts from each of the counties in Arizona, along with representatives from the County Supervisors Association (CSA), to discuss their priorities for the coming legislative season. Yavapai County had three policy proposals voted on and accepted to move forward to possible legislation next year.
After Healthcare and the Retail trade, Accommodation and Food Service is the leading industry in Yavapai County. This explains why two of the three proposals that Yavapai County put forward had to do with Lodging. Here is a brief description of the two lodging related proposals.
SHORT TERM VACATION RENTAL
This proposal would allow local communities to regulate investor-owned short-term vacation rentals to mitigate their impact on residential neighborhoods. It would also modify the property tax classification for residential property used as a short-term vacation rental to create parity with the hotel industry.
After State Bill 1350 was passed in 2016, eliminating any local control over short term rentals in residential neighborhoods, there has been a shift in the market to operate more like a traditional short-term lodging establishment, renting from two to seven days, with several different sets of guests rotating in and out of the residence over the course of the month.
The result has been an influx of short-term rental business operations into residential neighborhoods, resulting in increased noise, traffic, trash, and crime to residential neighborhoods. This proposal would provide needed regulatory authority to the commercial short-term rental business operations that was eliminated as part of the passage of Senate Bill 1350.
RURAL COUNTIES TRANSIENT LODGING TAX
This proposal would enable smaller counties, with a population of fewer than 500,000 persons, to levy a tax on transient lodging in unincorporated areas of the county for economic development and tourism.
Transient lodging consists of businesses such as hotels, resorts, and campgrounds, that provide lodging on a daily or weekly rate.
This proposal would provide smaller counties a funding source for economic development and tourism efforts through a similar tax that incorporated cities and towns are able to impose, typically referred to as a “bed tax”.
The third policy approved for development will protect Yavapai County residents from dangerous people who have been charged with a crime but are not competent to stand trial.
DANGEROUS, INCOMPETENT AND NOT RESTORABLE
This proposal would establish a civil commitment process to commit and hold dangerous individuals charged with crimes that cannot complete the criminal justice process because they have been found to be incompetent to stand trial and unable to be restored to competency to stand trial.
These three measures were approved by a majority vote and will now move to the next step of finding a sponsor in the Arizona Legislature.