Tribe no longer paying city hotel tax from casino

Coos Bay, Oregon (AP) May 2010

The Coquille Tribe’s decision to no longer pay the city of North Bend a hotel room tax from The Mill Casino-Hotel will result in the loss of nearly $200,000 to the city in the next fiscal year.

The World newspaper reports that the tribe decided that because the casino hotel is on land held in federal trust, it would not continue an agreement to turn over the money to the city.

The city sued, and the case went to mediation, with a settlement in favor of the tribe.

City Administrator Jan Willis says the loss may force a cutback in hours at the North Bend Visitor and Information Center, which is funded by the room tax.

 

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