Council puts lodging tax issue on ballot

The Jefferson City Council voted unanimously in a special meeting Monday night to place a 4-cent increase of the city’s lodging tax on the February 2011 ballot.

The current lodging tax is set at 3 cents. The state Legislature approved a bill this spring that would allow cities to raise their lodging taxes as high as 7 cents.

The increase is intended to fund the construction of a conference center and a parking garage, which will accompany a privately-built hotel adjacent to the two structures.

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