“Thurston County could see new hotel surcharge”
“Promotional aid: Visitors would pay extra $2 per room in a newly created Tourism Promotion Area”
“Hotel patrons in Thurston County could pay $2 extra per room to fund tourism promotion, under a proposal the Olympia City Council is scheduled to discuss Tuesday.”
“Presenting the idea will be George Sharp, executive director of the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau. He proposes creating a countywide Tourism Promotion Area, a state-sanctioned designation that would allow the hotel surcharge to go to his agency.”
“To make it happen, Sharp needs Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm and Thurston County to agree to the proposal, as well as 60 percent of the hotels in the affected area. Sharp said he needs to meet with five more hotels to reach the threshold.”
“Hotels have endorsed the marketing area.”
The Prairie Hotel in Yelm also agrees.”
I have often thought taxes on hotel or rental-car patrons to fund stadiums and tourist promotion was taxation without representation.
The Olympian comments as follows tend to agree:
1. “If the hotels are in such an agreement that they support the additional tax, why don’t they just make a contribution to the Tourism Promotion Area for each room they rent?
Why do we need more government involvement in the affairs of private industry?”
2. “Makes sense to me, charge the Tourist more to visit….wow what a concept!”
3. “This whole idea sound more like somebody wanting to keep their gubbmint job by taking money from taxpayers without giving them a sound reason for another tax. Yes, it’s a TAX, not a “surcharge”.
And read this article from last December: http://www.theolympian.com/201…”
LONGTIME YELM RESIDENTS WILL REMEMBER YELM PRAIRIE HOTEL OWNER MARGARET CLAPP LED A GROUP IN 2003 TO BRING A NASCAR TRACK TO YELM, ALL WITHOUT A PUBLIC SAY, EXCEPT THE TAXPAYER WOULD FUND THE PROJECT!