The Antlers City Council hopes to pass a new tax that will be voted on by residents of the City of Antlers on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. This new tax will help to generate funds to repair streets and promote tourism for Antlers.
This tax is being refereed to as the Lodging Tax. However, the residents of Antlers will not be the ones paying this tax. No new taxes will be added to the residents of Antlers by passing this new tax. This Lodging Tax will affect those who wish to use the hotels and motels that are within the city limits by adding a 7 1/2% tax to their bills.
Antlers is currently the only city in the area that doesn’t already have this tax in place and the City Council believes this is an opportune way to promote the City and facilitate street repairs. This additional 7.5% tax would be dedicated only to tourism and street repair and could not be used for anything but those two items. The proposed Lodging Tax would not affect any motels, hotels or cabin rentals outside of the city limits.
“This is a way to promote the community as well as a way to generate funds for street repair,” said Joel Taylor, City Manager of Antlers. “Visitors would be helping to promote the City and maintain the roadways that they use while in town.”
The estimated revenue that could be generated from this additional tax would reach between $8,000 and $10,000 annually. The funds would be split between the two (tourism & streets) with tourism receiving 1/3 of the funds and street repairs gaining 2/3 of the collected tax dollars.
The funds that would be going to tourism would most likely be spent on promoting the City of Antlers and advertising for local events that would not only benefit the motels and hotels, but also the community and local businesses.