By Tim Kowols
The Door County Tourism Zone Commission is cracking down on lodging properties not paying their share of room sales taxes. Three different agreements at the end of 2016, including a circuit court decision, were in favor of the commission, resulting in thousands of dollars in overdue room sales taxes being paid back from lodging providers in Gibraltar and Egg Harbor. Especially with the growth of social lodging sites like Airbnb and VRBO, Tourism Zone Commission Chair Josh VanLieshout says they have to remain vigilant in their efforts to protect those who are reporting their room sales tax collections and occupied room numbers accurately.
In 2015, the Door County Tourism Zone’s 5.5 percent room sales taxes resulted in $4.13 million in funds that were distributed to the commission’s 19 participating municipalities and the Door County Visitors Bureau. People interested in renting their property for short-term stays can contact the Door County Tourism Zone Commission to obtain a free permit.