County council hears comments on rezone, ‘tourism’ tax
by Rose Egelhoff
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The Grand County Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec 5 featured five public hearings on matters including a rezoning request, a new rental car tax and the county budget.

It was during the second public hearing, concerning a request to rezone 1.66 acres of property located at 940 South U.S. Route 191 from rural residential to highway commercial, that Katherine Holyoak spoke in opposition to the change.

“Everybody’s complaining about not having enough land for rural residential for homes ... I want to keep as much rural residential as I can because the land behind me could possibly be homes,” Holyoak said.

The planning commission and staff recommended approving the rezone, noting that the plot has had a commercial use on it since 1966.

Comment on the possible rezone will be accepted until Dec. 13. Comments can be emailed to or mailed to Grand County Council, 125 E. Center St., Moab, UT 84532.

The third public hearing involved a new four percent tax on short-term leases and rentals of motor vehicles, exempting vehicles rented “for the purpose of temporarily replacing a person’s motor vehicle that is being repaired.” The tax is allowed as a tourism, recreation, cultural and convention tax, somewhat like the transient room tax. However, the county has not previously taken advantage of the opportunity to collect another tourism tax.

Deborah Barton spoke in opposition to the tax, saying that she often rents cars for personal use.

“We’re saying short-term is ‘all’ tourism. That’s not necessarily true. I often use the rental cars instead of my own ... it often is less costly for me to use rental to go to doctors appointments in Colorado, or to go to funerals or wherever else I have to go,” Barton said.

The fourth and fifth public hearings dealt with planning for the next county budget — with the council considering how to incorporate the results of a compensation study that suggests county employees be paid more than they are currently.

Comment on the budget will be accepted until Dec. 13. Comments can be emailed to or mailed to Grand County Council, 125 E. Center St., Moab, UT 84532.

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