Airbnb Brings Connecticut Millions In Tax Revenue, But This Town Is Saying ‘No’
By Nyssa Kruse
Airbnb announced this week that it generated $5.2 million in tax revenue for Connecticut in the past two years, but Simsbury has decided the home-sharing service is not welcome there.
The Farmington Valley suburb of about 25,000 joins the growing number of cities and towns — including Hartford — banning or regulating short-term rentals.
“One of the complaints we’re hearing is the transient nature,” said Mike Glidden, director of planning and community development in Simsbury. “They felt it’s changing the character of the neighborhood.”
Connecticut has collected taxes from Airbnb since 2016, when the state instituted the 15 percent hotel tax on the home-sharing service. The number of hosts in Connecticut since then has doubled, from 1,800 to 3,600.
Airbnb argues its presence benefits state coffers, boosts local businesses and helps families make ends meet, but neighbors in Simsbury brought the issue to the zoning commission because they disliked the constant coming and going of guests, Glidden said.
They were also frustrated by at least one property in a residential area advertising itself as a party or event space, he said.
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