Occupancy Tax Approved For Tourism

Overton County Commissioners met in a budget committee meeting last Tuesday and allocated the Hotel Motel Tax revenue to be reserved for the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce and Highland Economic Partnership dues.

The local occupancy tax, also known as the hotel-motel tax, is a tax imposed by local governments on the privilege of occupancy in any hotel or similar place that provides accommodations for transients.

Early this year, the occupancy tax expanded to local AirBnB owners—which has made a significant difference in income for the county.

“Most counties use these funds to promote tourism and fund their chambers,” Overton County Executive Ben Danner said. “In our resolution we had stated it would be used for tourism.”

For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Livingston Enterprise.

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