Whaley’s comments followed criticism of the lodging tax plan – which is part of the state budget bill - by Miami Twp. Trustee Donald Culp. Culp said there was no communication with his jurisdiction for a proposal he said would create more taxes in his community without it seeing a direct benefit.
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Whaley said she apologized to Culp for the communication oversight.
Miami Twp. has about 27 percent of Montgomery County’s hotel/motel rooms and the suburbs account for more than 80 percent of those rooms.
If approved in its current form, the state budget bill – HB166 – would allow the county to create a panel to run the convention center, similar to how other convention centers in Ohio operate, local officials said. That group could then institute a 3 percent lodging tax hike to help pay for convention center upgrades.
Creating a regional authority was among eight Dayton Convention Center Task Force recommendations adopted by the Dayton City Commission.
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“With respect to those who served on the steering committee, this remodeling investment is a poor decision, on par with the failed Cincinnati street car, a documented complete waste of money,” according to Morris.
“The city should let the convention center die, shut its doors like Hara Arena did a few years back,” he added.
The Dayton Daily News is seeking comment from others involved with the Dayton Convention Center.
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The Dayton Auto Show is among the events hosted by the Dayton Convention Center. The city of Dayton - as recommended by the a task force – is seeking to have the state create an authority to operate the convention center. The plan would include a lodging tax hike to which some suburban officials are opposed. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF