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WINSTON, Ore. - The City of Winston is proposing a 2 percent increase to their transient room tax, bringing it up from 5 percent to 7 percent.
The money from the tax would be given to the Chamber of Commerce, who would then distribute it to other agencies whose events in town are promoting tourism.
City Manager Mark Bauer said the ultimate goal is to promote events in town, which would bring in tourists. This would end up bringing in even more money through the tax since it would affect people who stay in the hotels.
Bauer said he expects a positive reaction to this from the community since it doesn't affect their wallets at all. The money comes from people staying at the two motels in town, the Safari Inn and the Wildlife Inn.
Since there are only two motels in town, Bauer said, the increase was necessary to create more money for the Chamber of Commerce.
”It really is going to be an exciting thing for the community to watch things develop here as a result of what we’re doing," said Bauer.
The city will be holding a public hearing about the proposed increase on Monday, February 5, at 7 pm, in the council chambers at City Hall, 201 NW Douglas Blvd, Winston.