Johnson County council rejects proposal for hotel tax

Council will revisit issue later in the year

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. - Johnson County council members voted against a proposal to institute a five-percent tax for hotels and motels at a meeting Monday night.

The members voted 4-3 in opposition to the tax that is also known as the innkeeper’s tax.

As proposed, the five-percent tax would be added to hotel and motel bills in Johnson County.

Under Indiana law, revenue from the innkeeper’s tax must be used to promote local tourism. Officials said it would have raised $700,000 every year and created a tourism bureau.

Johnson County is the only county in the Indianapolis metropolitan area that does not have the tax.

The council is expected to revisit the issue later in the year.

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