The Journal Gazette
Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:00 am

County set to vote on innkeeper's tax increase

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The Allen County Council is expected to vote today on whether to raise the county's innkeeper's tax, and Visit Fort Wayne is asking supporters to pack the room.

The vote will be preceded by a public hearing on the proposal, which would increase the tax from 7% to 8%. Visit Fort Wayne receives about 2% of the tax, and Grand Wayne Center gets the rest. 

“Visit Fort Wayne and several other tourism representatives will speak in favor of the rate increase at the hearing,” an email sent Wednesday by the organization said.

The increase was made possible this year under House Bill 1402, which made changes to innkeepers' and food and beverage taxes in 10 counties, including Allen. The bill was co-authored by Rep. Phil GiaQuinta D-Fort Wayne. The innkeeper's tax, which applies to hotels and other lodging within the city, was imposed in 1980 and last increased in 2007. 

The increase could potentially bring in about $890,000 in new revenue in 2020. 

The council meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the garden level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.

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