I have noticed that everyone who wrote to the editor about the “tourism board” and the innkeeper’s tax was all for it. I have a different point of view.
My husband and I travel a lot. We hate to go to hotels and find out that our $79 price turns into $95, or a $110 room is really $130 with the tax.
In every hotel we stay in they have brochures from companies in the area. I know the innkeepers at the hotels here in Johnson County would be glad to put company brochures in a conspicuous area for their customers. It is up to each business to provide their own brochures.
Also, everyone in the whole country has a phone, tablet or computer, and can ask Google what there is to do in Johnson County. Most companies have some sort of website and advertisements. It is very easy to find what you want, from wineries to aquatic swimming pools, restaurants, etc. Do we really need a tourism board? This isn’t Orlando.
Once this is done, who gets the salary? And then, rent for the office, then a few employees, then health insurance and retirement plans — now we need the innkeeper’s tax to be 10 percent then 12 percent, etc. And it will be a political job, because the county council will appoint their friends or relatives to oversee this tourism board for a nice salary, etc.
I am a frugal person, and I never sit around thinking of how to spend money, especially other people’s money. My husband and I owned our own business for 30 years, and if we spent money like our elected officials do, we would have been broke instead of making a living.
Anita Knowles should really think about moving to Carmel — that way she could pay as much tax as she would like for the amenities they have there. Johnson County is still one of the few halfway normal places to live in this country, and I want to keep it that way for as long as possible. People staying in hotels along Interstate 65 are traveling to somewhere else, and I for one want them to keep going.