Vote No on this tax increase. It's unacceptable to tax the entire community for the good of the downtown businesses. If they want to improve the area then they can do it themselves. The Chamber of Commerece should not be allowed to levy a sales tax and that is exactly what is happening here. This does nothing to bring lasting job growth to our community. Remember, these are the same people pushing the conference center and how did that work out? Here they are less than a year later with their hands out asking for 10 million more dollars. Everyone opposed needs to show up on voting day or they will slip this thing past us too.
Well this just made my day. This is good news for our city.
Well, if that is what you think then it's probably best that you remain an accountant and shy away from private competitive business.
Tonto, when someone comes into my hotel and they have a budget of $60 total after taxes their rate is set for their TOTAL bill to be $60. When our tax goes up, their budget is still $60. Since the tax rate isn't negotiable, guess what goes down? Our room rate. And THAT comes off of our bottom line.
Why don't you do some research and see how many state government employees are staying in Jefferson City with a per diem of $77. The state is our biggest customer and everytime one of them stays now that 4% comes off of the hotels bottom line. Before you start advising people to speak with accountants, maybe you could speak to one?
Ok, so all taxes that don't affect someone individually are just fine, huh? I don't think anyone who voted is "Monday morning quarterbacking". I'm personally angry because the issue was misrepresented by city officials.
Just so you know 15% of this project is being paid for out of general revenue NOT lodging tax. I'm sure you didn't know that because it was mentioned exactly once before the vote in any media outlet.
Also, you mentioned 12% like it was a lot? Do some research and you'll find out that Council Bluff TOTAL (sales + lodging) tax is 12%...as of April 1st Jefferson City's will be 15%. If 12% is a lot, then maybe you would take back your "Jefferson City very cheap comment"
Columbia and the Lake are cheaper than us and now we are nearly as expensive as Kansas City and St. Louis. We clearly have as much to offer as all of those cities in the way of entertainment. Hey, you know since the lodging tax doesn't affect anything or anyone maybe we should just raise it to 75%...using the logic of the supporters of this, that would be fine.
Our city government is out of control and the News Tribune is clearly on the side of the city in these issues as indicated by their "our opinion" editorial in the Sunday paper before the election. This tax DOES hurt our economy. We are getting ready to start pulling 600k out of our local economy for the next 5 years with absolutley no benefit. The ignorant convention center will have to create 600k in new spending just to get us back to where we where before the tax increase went into effect. But honest economics haven't ever been a consideration in this...they just lie, and apparently 3,000+ people believe it. Raise taxes, pull 600k out of the economy, and have the goverment get involved in private business...real great economics, way to go.
The Purie's made a business decision, and I'm sure it's really easy for you to criticize them for making a wise business move and to just say "ah that's unfair" because you probably haven't ever taken a business risk. When I saw that first hotel go up, I thought to myself "That hotel is going to fall flat on it's face" and I'm sure many others thought the same thing. They took the RISK and now that they are being rewarded for their risk here comes our City government. Go ahead and keep saying that the hotel owners don't pay this tax...keep repeating everything you hear without doing any research. We do pay this tax it comes off of our bottom line. And just to be clear because it appears that our City Admin is telling everyone what all the hotel owners "want" again...if you want to know what these small businesses want, if that is your concern, then I advise that you call the hotels rather than listening to what Steve R. says. He already mislead the hotel owners and the voters with the details of the intital agreement and every single hotel owner in town will tell you that (Less the one who is owned by the group who is going to be raking in 100k every year for the next 20 years from our general revenue).
"More democratic" to just send through a procedural annexation in which not one vote will be cast? I say this is just an excuse for the city council to get out of casting a vote that will end up costing them their little jobs. Disgusting.
Time will tell that this is a bad decision for our city, but sadly, our city will suffer before we get the point.
Umm...why would this be a bad thing for our city? Hundreds of visitors coming to our community where they will stay in hotels, eat, and shop...
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