Marion Adds Provision to Hotel Tax


By Matthew Searcy
By Randy Livingston

MARION -- Marion leaders are making changes to a recent hotel tax increase.  

In April, city leaders approved a 1-percent hike to help cover operating expenses of the new recreation center. On Monday, the city added a sunset provision. The tax will expire in two years.  
The change comes after pressure from local hotel owners. Marion's current hotel tax is the highest in the region.  
"As a matter of compromise it was suggested that rather than to make the tax permanent or ongoing that we would add a sunset provision," said Marion Mayor Bob Butler.  
Marion's total hotel tax currently stands at 16 percent, which includes the state's portion of the tax, placing the city about 5 percent higher than Mount Vernon.
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