Lodging tax proposal in Irondale would increase local lodging tax to 9%

IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — An Irondale inn is upset about a proposed three percent increase to the lodging tax in the city.

The tax would increase the local lodging tax to nine percent.

The total tax would be 20 percent after state and county taxes are added.

City Councilman Craig Sanders says the manager at the Rime Garden Inn and Suites is against the tax increase.

The manager wants the city to at least wait until after the work on I-20 is finished to approve the increase.

City leaders who support the tax say that many businesses along highway 78 are benefiting from the dramatic increase in traffic related to the I-20 closure.

The leaders want to have the tax in place before upcoming attractions bring more people into the city.

“We are stepping it up. We’re going to have special events – things that will draw people that need lodging,” Donna Rice of the Irondale City Council said. “We think that it is a win-win situation.”

Sanderson says the tax ordinance will likely come up in the next city council meeting on May 3, 2013.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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