Innkeepers question value of tourism fee

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When a Greenwood hotel manager negotiates contracts with nationwide businesses looking for rooms near Indianapolis, he has an immediate advantage because guests here don’t pay a tax that all other central Indiana counties charge.

But that advantage could disappear if the county approves an innkeeper’s tax, which would charge an additional 5 percent on every local hotel and motel bill.

The proposed tax has local hotel, motel and bed-and-breakfast owners and managers concerned because it could drive business away, and they don’t believe they will benefit soon enough from the tourism marketing the tax will support.

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