LIBERTY - The City Council is considering a 3 percent tax on restaurants and lodging establishments to have funds to promote tourism and economic development.
Mayor Steve Sweeney asked the council Tuesday to consider the tax that could be collected by restaurants, motels and bed and breakfast establishments.
The money could amount up to $200,000 annually, and a tourism commission appointed by the mayor and Liberty/Casey County Chamber of Commerce would spend it. The board will have two representatives from hotels, one from restaurants, one chamber member and three at-large.
"This creates an opportunity to create facilities and events to attract tourists to the city," said Arlen Sanders, executive director of the Liberty Economic Development Authority. He said 75 percent of the money would be for tourism and economic development, and the other 25 percent could be use for other recreational things to attract people to the county.