Letter: Innkeeper’s tax proposal goes against principles

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Jim Eckart


president, Johnson County Council District 2

To the editor:

Proponents for a Johnson County innkeeper’s tax are frequently heard using phrases like “it’s a tax on somebody else,” and “everyone is doing it.”

Rationale for such a tax is premised largely on a 2009 Ball State University study from which advocates conclude that for every $1 spent on county tourism promotion there will be a 15:1 return in state and local tax revenue and a 150:1 increase in revenue for county tourism-related businesses.

With an anticipated $680,000 annual innkeeper’s tax collection, you do the math; it’s a staggering, unbelievable amount. This tax is wrong in principle, and it is wrong in business case.

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