I saw a letter to the editor this morning in The Marietta Times about the county fairgrounds in Marietta, OH having an unfair advantage over local RV parks. The county fairgrounds is subsidized by taxpayers and does not pay all the taxes and fees that a commercial RV park would pay, thus is able to charge less. According to the writer, the "Unrelated Business Income Tax" (UBIT) Act of 1950 passed by Congress discourages nonprofits from competing against for-profit businesses.
As RVers, we love cheap camping and parking! Stays at Walmarts, federal, state and local campgrounds help our budget. If we had to pay the average rate each night - which I would estimate at being $30-40/night - it would be prohibitive. We need to have these alternatives. Plus this alternative camping does not usually have near the amenities that a commercial RV park has. Who would pay $40/night to camp at a fairgrounds with no pool, limited or no showers and only a flat spot to park on? It's not worth that. The age-old question remains: if you didn't have a less expensive alternative, would you stay at the $40/night RV park?
What do you think? Leave your comments below. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak