Butler Twp. officials are expressing concerns about state legislation that would create a path for a lodging tax increase to help save the Dayton Convention Center.
The township, which has nearly 25 percent of the Montgomery County hotel base, “has concerns that the goals and intentions of the Dayton Convention Center Task Force may not be of a regional perspective,” according to a letter signed by three trustees.
The task force recommended eight steps – including the lodging tax increase – to the city of Dayton as a way to save the convention center.
The lodging tax hike is part of a provision of the state budget bill, set to be voted on this week.
The provision would allow Montgomery County to establish an authority to oversee the convention center, now owned by the city of Dayton. The authority would have the power to levy a 3% tax increase, authorities said.
In the past week, the lodging tax has been criticized by trustees in Miami Twp., which has about 27 percent of the hotel/motel rooms in the county.
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