Voters from Whitefish will choose whether or not to allocate a portion of the proceeds from the resort tax toward community housing projects in November. It can be recalled that the resort tax in Whitefish for dining establishments, lodgings, and bar started in 1996.
Resort Tax Toward Community Housing Projects
As of now, 10% of the tax revenue is used to fund a trail network and the water supply for Whitefish as reported in KPAX. This allocation will then expire by the end of January 2025. If resort tax toward community housing projects will be approved, it will take effect in February 2025.
Resort tax toward community housing projects will intend to have a total cost of around $27 million which would take effect in 20 years.
Resort Tax Toward Community Housing Projects To Be Included In Whitefish November Voting
To sustain the city’s present population and workforce, the Whitefish Housing Needs Assessment in 2022 established a goal of needing 1,310 new housing units by 2030. Additionally, it said that in order to satisfy community requirements, 75% of those must be priced below the going rate as reported in Daily Interlake.
A worker assistance fund and homebuyer assistance are two community housing projects that would be created if the resort tax toward community housing projects will be approved.
Amidst the plan to include resort tax toward community housing projects in November ballot, some organizations fear that the 10% allocation was not enough.