Councilman Chris Cate, who has consistently advocated for permitting short-term rentals citywide but with clearer rules for operation and escalating fines for violators, said he was puzzled as to how Elliott arrived at a conclusion so at odds with previous city attorneys.
“Is her office now going to be going out and enforcing her opinion on those taking part in this activity?” Cate asked. “Also, we’ve been collecting (transient occupancy tax) from all these short-term rentals — $8 million since July 1. So do we have to give it back now because they’re apparently illegal operators? We’re now back to where we were were two years ago, where we’re all confused.”