Centre County-Possible hotel tax increase to help economy?

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The hotel tax in Centre County could be going up soon.

On Tuesday, the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitor’s Bureau asked the Centre County Commissioners to double the tax from 2 and a half percent to 5 percent.
 
They say that change will help bring business into the area by paying for more advertising.

“Right now, I think we’re a little bit behind the 8ball, we’re a little behind the curve, and we’d like to play catch up,” Scott Walker, Vice President, Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Central PA Convention and Visitors Bureau, said.  “We’re one of the lowest occupancy tax rates in the state of Pennsylvania, so we need to do this and we need to do it now.”
 
Members of the visitors bureau also say that places like Erie and Johnstown, which raised hotel taxes saw an economic boost soon after.
 
The county commissioners are now reviewing that plan and are expected to make a decision as soon as January.

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