Those in the hospitality business are relieved that voters did not welcome the 3% lodging tax.
With an already 14% lodging tax, 7% state, and 7% local, an additional 3% tax would have landed Zanesville the third-highest tax rate in Ohio. Hampton Inn General Manager, Martha Thomas says the lodging tax’s purpose is to promote tourism, not fund a community pool.
"It shouldn’t be paid for by people traveling to our community that are already supporting the community by staying here, eating in our restaurants, shopping in our stores. It’s just not fair that they should fund a public pool that they’re not going to use," says Martha Thomas, General Manager of the Hampton Inn.
Thomas says the tax would have been harmful to many businesses, not just hotels.
"People don’t realize that tourism is a big business here and if we would lose money there that would be detrimental to the whole community."
If passed, the 3% tax would have only yielded less than $200,000 a year to fund the pool.
The Heath Community Pool costs $400,000 a year to operate.