A section in Ohio’s new budget gives Defiance County commissioners the means to set up something they have wanted for some time… a lodging tax.
The tax would be assessed on those who stay in hotels or motels in Defiance County. It would likely be about 3 percent, and all money brought in by the new tax would be deposited in a separate fund. Officials say the new tax has the potential to generate as much as $100,000 a year. Before anything final is done however, county commissioners have to hold two public hearings. If it does pass, the money raised would be used to promote tourism, and to build and maintain facilities that attract visitors.