Revenue & Impact
On May 21, 2019, the Benton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the matter of amending the Benton County Code to add Chapter 39, Transient Lodging Tax (Ord. 2019-0294).
70% of transient lodging tax revenues go towards "tourism promotion" or "tourism-related facilities.” 30% of the TLT revenues may be allocated for any county services, including the costs to administer the TLT. This is known as the 70/30 distribution. The distribution of TLT funds will be determined by the Benton County Board of Commissioners following the 70/30 requirement.
Linn County instituted a 3% county tax effective October 1, 2018, which will benefit the Linn County Expo Center and Parks Department. The City of Corvallis imposes a 9% TLT, which generated $1.754 million in FY 2017. Based on those revenues a 3% Benton County TLT would result in an annual income of approximately $584,664 within the city limits.
Impacts at the Event Center & Fairground
As a potential recipient of TLT funds, the Benton County Fair Board contracted with Markin Consulting in August 2018 to conduct a market demand study and develop an updated master plan for the Benton County Event Center & Fairgrounds that would enhance the facilities for tourism and economic development. Members of Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association and Visit Corvallis participated as stakeholders during the public engagement phase of the master plan process. The preferred master plan layout was accepted by the Benton County Board of Commissioners on April 2, 2019.