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Letter: Innkeeper’s tax important to help promote county

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To the editor:

Johnson County Council President Jim Eckart’s recent letter to the editor, Dec. 21, states he is opposed to the innkeeper’s tax being adopted in Johnson County.

It seems to me that this is the one tax that should be adopted for advertising to bring more tourism to our county. I certainly am not in favor of any other new taxes or any tax raises in the county.

Hamilton County has said that in 2012 tourism was the third largest industry in their county and is a major economic driver. According to a report more than 4 million visitors spent $375 million, with 66 percent of that coming from shopping and dining and the rest from tourism-related taxes.

I can’t recall staying in a hotel/motel in any other state where I have not had to pay a local city/county or whatever-they-want-to-call-it tax, besides a state tax for a room. The last tax I paid was called an occupancy tax and was 3 percent.

Maybe the 5 percent our county has discussed is a little too high, but some tax would help our county bring in more tourists through the several ways we could advertise.

With all the big events in Indy and our county events and sights to see, the tax could bring in more taxes from the meals, shopping and other related taxes from tourists by letting them know about us. Eventually it may bring more businesses, factories and etc. when they see our advertising. That could help our economy and help relieve some of our other taxes. The tax should be correctly and vigorously used to promote Johnson County.

Forrest Chambers


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