Lodging Tax Proposed

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.

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