LINCOLN COUNTY, Ore. (KPTV) – A proposal to phase out short-term vacation rentals on the Oregon coast pits neighbor against neighbor.
The controversial ballot measure, 21-203, will appear on the November ballot for Lincoln County voters. If approved, the measure would phase out short-term rentals in unincorporated parts of the county over a five-year period.
Although vacation rentals have been part of the coastal landscape for years, people who live next to these homes say they have become problematic and inconvenient for neighbors.
“Party houses. Garbage. Excessive parking. Parking on neighboring properties,” said Roger Keehn, who lives in Waldport.
In addition to angering neighbors, Linda Keehn, said short-term rentals have also reduced the county’s housing stock.
“Short-term rentals are a direct component of why we have housing shortages. Housing shortages impact our ability to bring in nurses, doctors, hygienists, teachers and others. service providers in our county, ”said Linda Keehn.
But those who oppose the ballot measure argue that short-term rentals are a major contributor to the county’s economy.
“During COVID-19 in the spring, there was a vacation rental closure for two months, and that plunged this county into Great Depression unemployment,” said Heather Brann, who owns a vacation rental in the small community of Otis, just north of Lincoln City.
Opponents of the ballot measure estimate that short-term rentals provide nearly 4,000 jobs and contribute more than $ 10 million to county coffers through taxes.
Supporters of the bill call these figures exaggerated and argue that it is difficult to differentiate tax revenue generated by short-term rentals from revenue generated by other tourism-related taxes and fees.
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