No eco­nomic or com­mon sense

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Dear Ed­i­tor: Thank you to Couns. Ryan Donn and Char­lie Hodge for your votes against the mo­tion for the pro­posed reg­u­la­tions and li­cens­ing for short-term rentals. As you stated, the reg­u­la­tions are too re­stric­tive and the li­cence fee is way too high for many of these se­nior-owned mi­crobusi­nesses.

I am also pleased to see that Mayor Colin Bas­ran said he rec­og­nizes the need for short term rentals. Coun. Loyal Wooldridge was happy to see the 3 per cent tax charged by the prov­ince on Air BnB rentals com­ing to the city for af­ford­able hous­ing. If the short-term rental pro­posal is im­ple­mented, that three per cent tax will be dras­ti­cally re­duced with fewer Air BnB rentals avail­able. The city will then have less money to build af­ford­able hous­ing. So in ef­fect, the city is cut­ting off its nose to spite its face.

The loss of mil­lions of tourist dol­lars caused by this pro­posal should also be of deep con­cern to the city, Tourism Kelowna, the Thomp­son Okana­gan Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion and Des­ti­na­tion BC. Kelowna’s tourism dol­lars gen­er­ate more than 8,000 jobs and bring in more than $1 bil­lion each year. Why would we want to turn away those very vis­i­tors who want to spend an av­er­age of al­most $205 a day in our com­mu­nity just be­cause they want an Air BnB ex­pe­ri­ence? It makes no eco­nomic or com­mon sense. Mar­i­lyn Strong


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