Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Marion Doubles Hotel Bed Tax

The Marion City Council approved a measure Monday night that would double the city's bed tax adding a 5 percent hotel "use" tax to the existing 5 percent hotel "occupation" tax.

The new 10 percent local tax compares with Carbondale's 8 percent rate and Mount Vernon's 5 percent plus $2/night rates. Adding the state's 6 percent rate, tourists in Marion would pay an overall rate of 16 percent.

The Southern reports that the funds would help the city pay for a new community center and other projects.

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