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SHORT TERM RENTAL FACTS

  • County data shows very few STR complaints & violations prior to approving the new STR ordinance. These numbers do not include signage violations, and may not reflect complaints made directly to STR owners & managers which were resolved. These numbers are expected to rise as Tillamook County is making new efforts to enforce their regulations.

  • There are roughly 1,200 STRs in the unincorporated areas of Tillamook County.

  • A large majority of STRs are in the Coastal Zone with close proximity to the Pacific Ocean.

  • Many of these communities have very high rates of seasonal home ownership & historical use by visitors.

  • Approximately 70% of all available lodging in Tillamook County is provided by STRs.

  • Roughly 93% of homeowners with STR permits have only one single permit.

  • Extensive corporate ownership rumors are not backed up by data.

  • OCH's evaluation of property assessments & real market values shows STRs represent less than 7% of the total housing stock in Tillamook County.

  • In 2022, over $5.39 million dollars in Transient Lodging Tax was collected by Tillamook County.

  • Jan 2024 Milestone - Tillamook County reached $6M awarded in TLT grant programs

  • 2014-2022 Transient Lodging Taxes have totaled approximately $40 million for Tillamook County.

  • TLT funds provided the citizens of Tillamook County with a multitude of benefits, including tsunami, safety and emergency access projects, fairground and other facilities improvements, as well as parking, trash management & public restrooms in peak season. Additionally, scholarships, community events, and grants to community non-profits were also made.

  • Report from Tillamook Coast Visitor's Association showing impacts of revenue & STR income data. 

  • STRs are responsible for supporting a whole host of jobs within the County, both directly and indirectly.

  • Tourism spending in Tillamook County has grown approximately 3% or more in recent years.

  • If STRs were shut down or unfairly restricted, there could be significant impact on jobs and businesses. 

  • The largest furniture and appliance retailer in Tillamook County estimated over 40% of sales were made directly to STR owners and managers.

  • The number of complaints or "nuisance calls" regarding STR's has been minuscule, according to both the Tillamook County Office of Community Development, and the Tillamook County Sheriff's office.

  • 911 call logs in 2020 & 2021 show only 5 calls to homes with STR permits in each of those years.

  • STR owners and agencies know that their best interests, as well as their neighbors interests, are best served by responding quickly and directly to any complaints.

  • STRs have little to no impact on Affordable Housing, since most STR property valuations sit far outside the price range for both affordable and work force housing, as confirmed by County reports.

  • The County depends heavily on revenue from tourism, and STRs serve a vital role

  • Many local businesses struggle to survive and stay open during the slow winter months, and STRs help provide a critical lifeline in terms of bringing visitors to the region, and providing vital economic support to help keep their doors open during these challenging times.

  • Economic Impact of Travel - Dean Runyan Associates 

  • $250,000 workforce housing grant to Pacific City's Kingfisher Apartments from STR Operator Fees

  • $250,000 workforce housing grant to Nehalem's Bayside Commons from STR Operator Fees

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OUR IMPACT

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OUR IMPACT

In addition to Tillamook County property taxes, Short Term Rentals in Unincorporated Tillamook County also pay a 10% Transient Lodging Tax ( TLT ), an Annual Permit Fee, and an annual Operator License Fee

$40M

Total Transient Lodging Taxes (TLT) collected by Tillamook County from 2014 through 2022. The majority of these funds come from STRs.

70%

Oregon State law requires that 70% of revenue from new or increased local TLTs be used to fund tourism promotion or to pay for tourism-related facilities.

30%

Tillamook County is at liberty to allocate up to 30% revenue from new or increased local TLTs for general county services as they see fit.

75%

75% of Tillamook County’s STR Operator Fee is dedicated to local housing initiatives.

25%

25% of Tillamook County’s STR Operator Fee is dedicated to public safety initiatives.

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TILLAMOOK COUNTY
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY ISSUES

Everyone agrees that there is a housing crisis in Tillamook County. We are encouraged that there is a county task force dedicated to finding solutions in our community.  Additionally, the annual Operator Fees from STRs have significant funds allocated towards workforce housing initiatives. 

A key point about STR's and affordable housing was identified in Tillamook County's 2017 "Creating A Healthy Housing Market for Tillamook County" and discussed by the Short Term Rental Advisory Committee back in Dec 13, 2018: "The study identifies two distinct housing markets within Tillamook County: a Coastal Market where homes are priced well above $200,000, and an Interior Market concentrated largely around Tillamook and other cities where homes are sold, by and large, for less that $200,000. This report found that minimal overlap exists between both Affordable Housing & Workforce Housing, with STRs, and this is further supported by home sale data and home values for homes with STR permits.

The 2019 "Tillamook County Housing Needs Analysis" also includes recommendations for development of affordable “missing middle” housing types.  These include market rate and government assisted duplexes, townhomes and apartments as well as cottage homes, manufactured homes and accessory dwelling units (ADUs). This analysis found that many areas in Tillamook County have very high rates of historic seasonal home ownership and classified many areas as "resort" communities, and this is where there have traditionally been higher percentages of STRs and low percentages of full-time residences. Many STRs have never been used as full-time homes

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