What is the Lodging Tax?
The lodging tax is a tax paid on overnight stays at hotels, campgrounds and bed & breakfasts in Sweetwater County.
Who pays the Lodging Tax?
The tax is paid by visitors who stay in Sweetwater County lodging establishments. Sweetwater County residents do not pay the tax unless they stay in one of these hotels, campgrounds or bed & breakfasts.
Is this a New Tax?
No. The 2% Lodging Tax was first approved by Sweetwater County voters in 1991 and has been renewed 5 times since. The lodging tax will be up for renewal this election with an increase of 1%.
What is the Purpose of the Tax?
To enhance the economy of Sweetwater County and its municipalities by encouraging the promotion of activities and other recreational opportunities, which will attract and retain visitors to Sweetwater County and its region.
Fast Facts on the Lodging Tax:
– Travelers spend over $183 Million each year in Sweetwater County. This spending takes place throughout the County at all types of businesses and employs around 1500 people.
– Over 30 local events received funding from proceeds of the Lodging Tax