Authorize a Local Option Sales Tax on Lodging and Other Goods and Provide Funding for Tax Abatement and Rental Relief

Last updated: Apr 4, 2021

Details about this bill
Category: Taxation
Status: In Committee
Sponsor: Representative Michael Sylvester, House 39
Session: 130
Bill #: LD 1342

Position:

Opposed.

Summary:

Representative Sylvester of Portland would allow a municipality to impose a local option sales tax of 1% on lodging that is currently subject to the sales and use tax if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. Ninety percent of the revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed to the municipality imposing the local option sales tax. The other 10% is distributed to the Maine State Housing Authority, which is required to establish a program of property tax relief and rent relief for municipalities using the revenue.