Attraction owners tout hotel/motel tax’s worth

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Visitors to Kelsay Farms who want to visit more local attractions when they come to the farm near Whiteland often don’t know what else there is to see in Johnson County.

Farm tourism director Amy Kelsay gives them lists of some local staples, such as the Mallow Run Winery or The Apple Works. But she believes the county needs a tourism website she can direct visitors to, since she isn’t sure she knows all the the county has to offer.

More than 15 local business owners and residents spoke at the county council meeting Monday in support of an innkeeper’s tax that would fund a county tourism board. The board would be good for the community and local businesses because it would help bring more visitors and potential customers, they said.

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