Tourism 'tax bully'
Woah Lynda. You and I agree on most things political, but your position regarding the 2% tax is way off base. Right out of the gate, you state that "small hotel owners are being forced to pay for a sports complex." Your premise is completely flawed rendering the rest of your letter irrelevant unfortunately. Small hotel owners collect and remit the tax. It is the tourists and visitors who pay it. To be so misleading is adopting the same tactics as the main stream media that we're so fed up with. Further, whether or not it ends up being for a sports complex is completely unknown at this point although some have certainly claimed that would be a desirable use for the funds. That is a different battle.
The games it seems everyone plays with numbers is exasperating. It is a 2 cent increase. It is also a 50% rate increase. Both statements are correct. Which is more misleading? You refer to the current tax going up $2 from $4 making it $6. The only way these values can represent a valid example is if an average hotel room cost is $100. What is the average hotel room cost in Haywood County? While I don't actually know the answer to that, I'd venture to say $40 would be more accurate making your example hugely misleading to the tune of 275% if you prefer using percentages.
Do rental homes cost more? Of course. How much do they cost per room in order to compare them to average hotel costs per room? On average, rental house per bedroom costs are measurably less than that of a hotel room.
Will this proposed increase chase away tourists? Let's see. An average room cost of $40 currently pays an occupancy tax of $1.60. Assuming the new tax is enacted, that will increase by $.80. Terrifying! The 80 cents neither comes out of the hotel owners pockets nor will it chase anyone away.
Finally, bullies don't feel guilt. Rather, they typically have feelings of hubris.