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Let the Room Tax Pay for It

Money2Those of us in the Destination Marketing sphere are no strangers to witnessing the "logic" that some electeds use to divert Room Tax to uses that have nothing to do with the original reason for the tax: to increase visitation to the community, thus enhancing the economy and Quality of Life.

If they don’t think an expense will pass muster with the electorate, they look to Room Tax as as convenient way to pay the bill. In one Texas community, politicians know full well that citizens wouldn’t stand for plowing a million dollars a year into a city park, so they use Room Tax, because they know residents don’t pay attention to that fund.

So, it’s no surprise that a County Commissioner in Palm Beach County is contemplating a maneuver to use Room Tax to pay for the extra security costs required to guard the President when he spends time at his Florida getaway. His rationale: the press corps covering the President stay in hotels.

Can you say “that's a reach?”

Never mind that this should be covered by the Federal government (as it is presently, by some accounts, pissing through enough to cover half the budget of the soon to be gutted National Endowment for the Arts to provide security for a First Lady who chooses to live in New York City). But, under what logic should visitors to a community be expected to pay for the President’s getaways in Florida?

Oh yeah…because residents wouldn’t stand for it. Even those who voted for him.

Bill Geist

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