Letter: Innkeeper’s tax to help bring visitors to county

Anita Knowles

Johnson County Council

White River Township

District 4

To the editor:

Yes, it’s that dreaded word, “tax.” The sad truth about the innkeeper’s tax (the tax paid when a hotel room is rented) is that we have this option before us just as all 92 counties in Indiana have, and yet our county has never adopted it.

Forget that 71 counties already have it. Forget that ALL the revenue goes back to our county. Forget that only visitors to our wonderful county (99.5 percent of hotel business is from out-of-towners) pay this tax. Why wouldn’t the Johnson County Council pass this innkeeper’s tax?

I urge my fellow constituents to let the county council know you support the innkeeper’s tax. It’s important to our county as an economic tool. All the hotel tax revenue generated from visitors to our hotels will go toward a tourism bureau guided by a tourism commission of appointed experts to oversee the bureau. The budget is approved by the county council.

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