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Short-term rental effort revises initiative terms

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Ojai resident Chris Gardner submitted a revised notice of intent to circulate petition to the Ojai City Clerk's office late last week. The revised language removes the proposed 14 percent tax for short-term rental permit holders.

Gardner also removed language that earmarked short term rental tax revenues for what he deems to be “critical needs that often get shortchanged” in the city of Ojai: affordable housing, schools and parks and recreation.

City attorney Matthew Summers previously determined the 14 percent tax to be a special tax which would require the approval of a two-thirds majority of Ojai voters in November to become an ordinance.

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