A task force has recommended that Montgomery County double its lodging tax to help keep the Dayton Convention Center afloat. Now, state lawmakers are considering legislation to allow for that. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Hotel bed tax could help save Dayton Convention Center

The new language, added Wednesday night, would allow county commissioners to pass a resolution to create a convention facilities authority that would be allowed to levy up to a 3-percent hotel lodging tax across the county. If residents object to it, they could subject the tax to a referendum vote.

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The city of Dayton is the only large or mid-size city in Ohio that owns and operates a convention center.

In December, the Dayton Convention Task Force shared recommendations to save the convention center and invest about $15.2 million to upgrade the facility.

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The 24-person task force recommended increasing the county lodging tax to 6 percent from 3 percent and putting the new revenue into the convention center. The extra 3 percent is projected to generate an additional $3 million per year.

Built in 1973, the convention center has 150,000 square feet of floor space and 77,000 square feet of exhibit space.

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