The Lake County Board of Commissioners is one step closer to implementing the proposed county-wide lodging tax.
A public hearing will take place Friday, March 6 at 5 p.m. at the Lake County Highway Facility. The ordinance to implement a countywide 4% lodging tax has been drafted and reviewed by the county attorney, lodging tax committee and the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
Since March, a committee consisting of county commissioners, the administrator and auditor, as well as representatives of the tourism industry have met to discuss implementing a countywide lodging tax.
Funds from the proposed tax would be allocated in two ways: 3% would go to funding countywide marketing campaigns, while 1% would go directly to the communities to fund festivals and events.
An additional 1% would likely be added in Two Harbors, as the city currently has a lodging tax of 3% — 2% dedicated to marketing and 1% dedicated to supporting the Edna G. tugboat.
As municipalities such as Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Fall Lake Township currently have 3% lodging taxes in place, County Administrator Matt Huddleston said the county would work with each entity to rescind the local lodging taxes and implement the countywide tax.
The county held informal public listening sessions on the topic throughout the fall and heard both positive and negative feedback from members of the community and lodging facility owners.