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Manchester restaurants, hotels may see tax hikes

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

Restaurants and hotels in Manchester may soon be facing a tax hike.
City Council members this week heard the first reading of an ordinance that would implement a restaurant lodging license fee - AKA a "tourism tax." It would fund projects to make the city more attractive and hopefully entice more visitors.
"If you don't toot your own horn, it will not be tooted," said councilman Harvey Hensley. "You have to tell the world who you are, what you are and what you have to offer.
If city council ends up passing the ordinance, restaurant and hotel owners in manchester would see their taxes go up by three percent.
"I think it's just a burden on our customers," said Charles Stivers, who owns a restaurant in Manchester. "It's not going to help tourism. It's not going to help anything. It's just going to decrease our business."
Mayor George Saylor pointed to cities like Pineville and Barbourville - towns that each have a tourism tax and are now seeing extra revenues of $13 thousand and $22 thousand dollars per month, respectively.
City council members will hear a second reading of the proposed ordinance on August 20th.

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