Multiple Whitefish Businesses “Charge a Voluntary” Fee-Residents Fuming

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Several Whitefish businesses are charging clients a “voluntary fee” which makes no sense at all and then not mentioning it to them. One resident (followed by others) was not happy. Look what they had to say…(Whitefish uses the term ‘sustainablity’ which is an Agenda 21 term. Not good.

“It’s NOT the .18cents…

Most receipts I’ve seen just sayvoluntary(but don’t tell the person what it’s for)… or “ASK” them if they want to donate.

Usually I see 3 letters. It was ‘TSP’ and NOW it’s been changed.

How can something “voluntary” be added as compulsory?


How can something “voluntary” be added as compulsory? It is not my job to “give” money to a corporation to help build the tourist business in Whitefish. There is no accountability to the group that receives the money.

I heard they received around $800,000. last year.

Yep…big bucks whether it was $800K or $80!

SAY NO!”

Other residents commented as thus,

“I would love to see an audit of these funds. I’m particularly interested in whether the businesses are allowed to keep a portion for their accounting/administration of their collections, as with the resort tax.”

“I don’t understand how this is legal.”

Tell restaurants and businesses that you’re not interested in voluntarily giving them any more money.



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It is not my job to “give” money to a corporation to help build the tourist business in Whitefish.

There is no accountability to the group that receives the money.

I heard they received around $800,000. last year.

Yep…big bucks whether it was $800K or $80!

SAY NO!”

Other residents commented as thus,

“I would love to see an audit of these funds. I’m particularly interested in whether the businesses are allowed to keep a portion for their accounting/administration of their collections, as with the resort tax.”

“I don’t understand how this is legal.”

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