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Columbia hoteliers opposing proposed tax hike for airport

Columbia hoteliers are speaking out against a proposed lodging tax increase.

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid proposed the increase last year, which would seek to raise the lodging tax rate from 4 percent to 7 percent, to raise $17 million for a terminal expansion at Columbia Regional Airport.

Columbia’s move is similar to what Jefferson City did in 2011. Jefferson City voters approved a 4-cent per dollar increase to the city’s lodging tax, bringing it to 7 cents per dollar to fund construction of a convention center.

But Columbia hoteliers in the area have stated ....

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