9/15/15 – 4:55 A.M.
There’s a push to raise Hancock County’s hotel/motel bed tax. The Courier reports business and educational leaders want the tax raised by 3 percent to benefit the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts and the Hancock County Fairgrounds. The Hancock County Commissioners have the final say on the issue. If approved, 2 percent of the tax increase would go to the performing arts center. The rest would go to the fairgrounds.
Hancock County already has a 3 percent bed tax. If the tax increase is approved, a stay at a hotel in Findlay would see a total tax bill of 15.75 percent of the cost of the room. 6 percent would come from the county, plus a 3 percent Findlay bed tax, a 1 percent county sales tax, and a 5.75 percent state sales tax.
Marathon CEO Gary Heminger, Cooper Tire CEO Roy Armes, Blanchard Valley Health System CEO Scott Malaney, and University of Findlay President Katherine Fell have all come out in favor of the tax increase. All four signed a letter in support, saying, “The undersigned fully understand that an increase in lodging tax will result in a modest increase in lodging cost to their respective companies and institutions. However, this cost is far outweighed by the unique, historic opportunity presented to the Findlay-Hancock County to benefit those projects.”
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