Stevens working with Humphries, Bailey to change transient room tax
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Apr 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Changing how often local hotels and motels have to pay the transient tax will require a revised ordinance, Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism Commission Executive Director Bill Stevens said at that group’s meeting last week.

Stevens said the commission was informed recently that to change how often the transient tax, there has to be a joint amendment to the ordinance that created the organization in the first place.

When the Trigg County Fiscal Court and the Cadiz City Council originally passed the joint ordinance that created the tourism commission in 1979, it specifically said the transient tax would be collected quarterly, Stevens said.

The tourism commission voted at its March meeting to have motels and hotels pay the transient tax every month instead; however as of this month they are still paying on a quarterly basis.

Stevens said that having the transient tax paid on a monthly basis benefits both the tourism commission and the hotel and motel owners, as the commission would have a monthly cash flow, and paying monthly would be easier on the owners’ pocketbooks. He also said he has heard that from several such owners.

Stevens said Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey and Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries are working with him to draft and amendment to the ordinance, which will have to pass both the fiscal court and city council before it can take effect.

In other business, Stevens mentioned the idea of merging the tourism commission with the Cadiz-Trigg County Economic Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce, and said a meeting would be held on the matter at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27.

Stevens said Sharon Butts, the EDC executive director, told him that EDC members wanted more discussion on the issue before they made a final decision.

Additionally, Stevens said he would have an information booth at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville in August.
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