Published on : Wednesday, November 1, 2017
The tourism sector of Scottsboro city will soon be turned into a profiting market. As a result of which they have raised the lodging tax from 13% to 15% respectively. “One percent goes to the city and the other percent goes to a fund, which funds tourism specific events,” explained JP Parsons, the director of tourism.
People can receive money from the city in order to finance events that garner huge chunk of visitors. “This is something we’ve never had before, never had the opportunity to have a grant system that helps fund tourist specific events,” says Parsons.
The Jackson County Tourism Department explains that they’re pretty thrilled about the prospect of this program. “Every year we get dozens of request to have fishing tournaments here and we’ve had to turn them down because we haven’t had the funding.”
Previously, the tourism department had organized fishing tournaments that had financial impacts that reached almost 3 million dollars. “Just staying one night, they spend money on hotels and the rooms and have monies that go into sales tax,” explains Parsons.
Financially making the community strong without actually taking from the community. “Therefore the people of Jackson County don’t have to pay that additional taxes. These taxes are paid by the visitor.” Parsons explains that many are eager to known about the impending events and benefits coming along, all thanks to the city’s new fund.