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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 11A II on in Victoria Metcalf represent both duplicates and Assistant Editor new businesses not on the vmetcalf@plumasnewsxom county's tax rolls. Despite additional funds for Plumas County officials are 2018-19 approved by interested in spending money supervisors for her to make more money when it department, White said she comes to determining the and her staff simply don't number of actual businesses have the time or expertise to paying Transient Occupancy track down potential Tax and especially those that short-term rentals not are not. currently on tax rolls. Plumas County is cracking Locating a short-term rental down on local Airbnbs, isn't always as simple as VRBOs (Vacation Rentals By Googlingan online resource. Owners) and other short-term They cross-reference and rentals that are not sometimes it takes savvy to registering or paying their know where to look. fair share of TOT. Based on the number of These rentals are generally potential businesses Host homeowners that advertise Compliance initially located, that the home or property is White said they want $22,500 available to rent to others, to complete the job. In an effort to do so, Supervisors, especially Treasurer-Tax Collector Julie Michael Sanchez, directed White is working with Host White to determine if Host Compliance, a company that Compliance would negotiate works with counties to comb that price quote. online resources locating White said she checked out short-term rentals. And this the company with other service comes for a fee. counties including White told the Plumas Mendocino, Monterey and County Board of Supervisors Del Norte. Two of the three on Sept. 11 that the company were very pleased with the located 363 such businesses in results, she told supervisors. Plumas County on an initial Success really depends on search. She's sure these the amount of TOT-related business done in these areas. Mendocino reported having favorable experiences with Host Compliance. "But Mendocino County is not Plumas County," White said. Del Norte County doesn't have the tourism Mendocino experiences and their experience with the company wasn't as positive. "We're the little people," Supervisor Lori Simpson interjected. "I think we're missing the boat," White said as she asked for approval. How it works Host Compliance offers a variety of services based on short-term rentals. "Through statistical data information they are able to provide municipalities with names, addresses, average rental rate, types of rentals, tracking and auditing," according to White. Services include mobile-enabled permitting and registration, address identification, compliance monitoring, rental activity and collection support, and finally a dedicated hot line for Complaints about renters. White said the company would even send out letters to targeted businesses on county letterhead stationary requesting compliance with county codes. White didn't think Plumas County's short-term rental volume was enough to justify mobile-enabled permitting and registration, or the hot line. Chair of the Board of Supervisors Jeff Engel immediately agreed about the need for a hot line for complaints. "It's not a big problem," he said. "I get quite a few," said Supervisor Sherrie Thrall. But the Lake Almanor area has more TOT-related businesses. Thrall went on to say that the majority of cases are managed by Homeowners Associations. Some call the sheriffs offme to register complaints concerning renters' activities. In fiscal year 2017-18, Plumas County received more than $1.3 million in TOT, White said. Three percent of that remains as operating fees for her department. That funding is based on 500 businesses that are compliant, she added. "I would say that half of these people (363) are not registered," White said. Although Airbnb was included in discussions, it actually operates differently from other agencies. "Airbnb is different in that they submit the TOT on behalf of the homeowner because they are the "middleman" between homeowner and county," White explained. Background At the Aug. 21 board of supervisors meeting, White was directed to explore TOT collection. "My interpretation from the meeting was that the Board of Supervisors was interested in auditing the currently registered TOT clients in addition to making sure all short-term rental operators are in compliance with the county ordinance," White said. "There needs to be equality among the lodging providers regardless of the means of renting," she said. Concerning the audit requested by supervisors, White said during the Sept. 11 meeting that having an outside agency conduct it would be expensive. She suggested that in light of the additional funding supervisors gave to her department one of her employees volunteered to take it on. Simpson asked if this would be a conflict of interest? "The IRS does their own audits," County Counsel Craig Settlemire explained. White explained that county code allows the tax administrator or designated representative to do the audit. anning commission come rom mem Victoria Metcalf Herrin, assistant planningcounty. A yes vote would Assistant Editor director, allow growing to occur on vmetcalf@plumasnews.com An application form is private lands. available on the A yes vote will mean a lot Members of the Plumas countyofplumas.com web of work concerning County Planning site, Herrin said. The Board commercial cannabis grows Department Board of of Supervisors makes the and zoning for planning Commissioners are looking selection and appoints thecommissioners. for a new commissioner to new commissioner. Wilson said he contacted assume a vacant seat on the The fifth commissioner Supervisor Kevin Goss for commission, will be really needed if recommendations to fill the Recruiting a fifth member Measure B doesn't pass, said vacant seat, but has not of the planning commission Plumas County Planning heard back. was discussed briefly at the Director Randy Wilson. For more information on Sept. 6 meeting. Measure B is the becoming a commission call A fifth commissioner, this commercial cannabis the Plumas County Planning one from District 2 that growing action proposal onDepartment at 283-7011. Or includes Indian Valley, this November's Plumas go to the Greenhorn, Cromberg and County ballot. A no vote countyofplumascom the Feather River Canyon, is would ban any commercial planning departnent web needed, explained Becky growing of cannabis in thesite. Meg Upton Staff Writer mupton@plu masnews.com "The wolves have been howling in North Arm again," reported rancher Heather Kingdon. There's nervousness to the report. Kingdon has 100 mother cows with calves up in the region where wolves were sighted last year around this time; near where a calf was killed. But her thoughts were both with her own herd and the word on the ranching grapevine of another rancher, Wally Roney, and a dead calf. On Sept. 7, according to a livestock loss determination near report released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, a livestock producer that morning found a dead calf in his meadow in western Lassen County. The dead calf was six months old and approximately 450 pounds. The physical evidence on the report lists "multiple bite wounds with associated hemorrhage." The report goes on to name the Lassen Pack as the probable culprit as the pack has been seen in the area. And at the time of investigation on Sept. 7, "wolf tracks were observed on nearby roads." 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