Two Speak Out Against City Lodging Tax
Sulphur City Council members were met with opposition to the new proposed city lodging tax at the regular monthly meeting Monday night.
Two local lodging owners addressed council members to voice their concerns. Becky Goldsmith, owner of Secret Garden Cottages, told council members that the proposed 5.50% lodging tax on top of the 9.50% sales tax would make visitors paying 15% in taxes alone in Sulphur. She said “visitors come here because it’s close and affordable” but the new tax will force prices up and they will look for other places to go. The visitors who come here also spend money in grocery stores, restaurants and retail shops. She went on to say that not much money is made on the mom and pop operations and they are always struggling to get by and the new tax will have an effect on small businesses.
Kim Dakour, co-owner of Sulphur Hotel, in the historic downtown district, reiterated Goldsmith’s concerns and told members they just feel small things are being stacked against the small business owner.
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