The Harlan County Tourism Commission took a step toward collecting a transient tax during a recent meeting that saw the panel approving the transient tax form to be sent to local lodging businesses.
Chairman Jeff Wilder brought the item up to the group, while a copy of the proposed registration form was passed out to the members.
Commission member Cleon Cornett expressed a concern about some information the document requested.
“Is there any information here that a business would consider proprietary?” asked Cornett. “Like, number of rooms, rented, the room rate, etc.?”
A commission member pointed out most of that information is already on state forms.
“I’m just thinking in terms of competition seeing this kind of information,” explained Cornett.
A commission member mentioned the information in question is also available from multiple sources.
Wilder mentioned a correction to be made in the form.
“On the third page of the ordinance, it says the tax shall be paid monthly on the 20th day of the month,” Wilder said. “We need to make sure that it (the form) says that.”
After some discussion, a motion was passed to adopt the transient tax form with the corrections directed by the commission.
“We’re trying to get out and are looking for these folks that have rooms that they’re renting overnight to guests coming in that are subject to this tax,” said Wilder. “If we haven’t contacted them, they should contact Colby Goss in the judge-executive’s office to let us know so we can explain what we’re doing here. This is not just so they can collect the tax, but also for the fact that we would have their contact information and know what they have available so that we can promote them.”
Wilder mentioned the tax is not on the local businesses, but on the tourists who are coming in to use the lodging facilities.
“The money will enable us to put the word out to other people so they’ll know what we have here,” Wilder said.
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