“When you arrive at the front desk, you will be told that it is hotel policy not to accommodate locals or anyone who lives within 50 miles.”
“So development will continue unabated in the county regardless of what the city does, but we have a say in how development will be regulated within the city limits.”
“Many people are definitely homeless because they can’t afford sewer hookups, septic tanks, leach fields or the land to put them in, and I don’t think they deserve this environmental burden.”
“Before we go hog wild on marketing Asheville to the world, can we pause (or at least more slowly ramp up) to consider what’s best for the city and its inhabitants?”
“Other cities have used their occupancy taxes to direct millions to infrastructure and social programs while still supporting vibrant tourism industries. Why can’t we?”
“In order to house, clothe and feed your family with an income that insulting, you need support from subsidized housing, subsidized transport, food banks and other charities.”
“I bet the TDA could fund our greenway initiatives, maintenance and policing at those huge tourist-driving events in Asheville, and the City Council could then allocate that revenue to fully funding the Transit Plan or road repairs, etc.”
“But if Asheville’s economy collapses, so does WNC’s, and the 60,000, who imagine themselves to be so clever at getting free lunches out of the system, will be faced with some very hard choices.”
“I really wish Council would adjust their priorities and think of us who pay extra fees for our vehicles ($30), dog licenses ($10), chicken registration ($25) and so much more — the 2018 Fees and Charges Manual is over 120 pages and is an interesting read.”
“How can this law change so that maybe the city can receive a higher percentage of hotel tax toward things that matter to maintain the city’s needs or even — ha, ha — go toward affordable workforce housing?”
Any way you don’t like it?
According to an announcement from the Tourism Development Authority, three sign companies will be in town Friday, Aug. 27 to review the peeling wayfinding signs, and repairs are scheduled to begin in October.