Changes to the Lewis County Business and Occupation tax were discussed by Weston city council Monday night.
The changes only effect rental properties and comes after council identified multiple complications with the current tax layout.
Council wants to remove the B&O tax for rental properties and instead replace it with an additional fifty dollars added to the municipal fee.
While the county municipal funds will see an increase, property owners at the meeting aren’t excited about the additional tax.
City finance manager Dodie Arbogast answered questions at the meeting concerning the tax. She noted that with the current tax layout, it is hard to prove which rental properties are empty verses rented out, and how much residents are paying per month. She says the tax, “Simplifies the billing process, and simplifies the payment process to one flat fee. So it ensures virtually 100 percent compliance. Our goal is to make things good and right, and make things accountable.”
Property owners in the city aren’t that happy. Randy Bohan owns rental properties in the city and also lives in Weston. He says “It’s just crazy that they’re going to charge 150 instead of 100, and the B&O is on what you charge. Well if your’e not charging anything then your not paying any B&O so they’re not giving you a break, they’re just making it more costly to do business in town.”
Council will have another reading of the ordinance at their next meeting.
Visit the Weston city council website here for more http://www.westonfl.org/Default.aspx