PRAT tax passes but how does it work?
Written by Jesse Baroka on April 8, 2021
MERCER – Mercer Residents Approve Premier Resort Area Tax, but how does it work? In yesterday’s Spring election, Mercer residents approved a half cent consumer tax to help pay for road and infrastructure costs. The Premier Resort Area Tax received just under 60% yes votes to pass. The PRAT is a consumer tax that allows seasonal visitors and part time residents to share in the burden of infrastructure costs. The cost of tourism related sales will be .50 on every $100. The goal is to reach $12,500 annual sales per capita to raise the $250,000 needed for roads and infrastructure. If the PRAT would not have been approved, the other option would have been to increase property taxes or take out transportation loans.