Revenue Committee To Discuss Tourism Tax Further

Mike Madden (R-Buffalo), Co-Chairman of the Joint Interim Revenue Committee.
Mike Madden (R-Buffalo), Co-Chairman of the Joint Interim Revenue Committee.

The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Revenue Interim Committee, meeting in Buffalo this week, will discuss a number of issues related to finding new revenue sources for the state.

One of the ideas being considered is a state-wide lodging tax increase, or a state-wide tourism tax, with different levels of taxation on each.

The lodging tax increase being discussed will set a 3% lodging tax effective stat-wide, in addition to any existing lodging tax that may already be assessed at the county level in the state, which would affect only businesses where travelers stay in hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfasts, and other such businesses.

The “tourism tax” up for consideration, would essentially increase the sales tax on businesses traditionally used by tourists including lodging, souvenirs, and retail businesses.

After discussions at Tuesday's opening day of the revenue committee meetings, those representing the travel and tourism industry were in favor of a smaller “across-the-board” tourism tax instead of a larger lodging tax, including Jim Woldrop, General Manager of the Wort Hotel in Jackson, and he explained why.

The revenue committee voted to have staff draft a bill concerning a one-percent “tourism tax” to be ready for discussion at their next meeting November 6th and 7th in Cheyenne.

The revenue committee meetings will continue and conclude today in Buffalo.

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