Lodging tax up for a vote in November Election

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CHEYENNE, Wy.(KGWN)- Laramie County voters once again have the choice to renew the lodging tax in the November election.

This tax isn’t new, in fact, it has been renewed ever since 1987. It puts a tax on visitors when they stay in our hotels, motels, campgrounds, and any other sleeping accommodations.

According to the Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association, in 2017 $188 Million was generated in sales and local use tax. The lodging tax is a key factor in that revenue.

Visitors spending doesn’t just benefits hotels either. Revenue from our local tax goes back to organization like Visit Cheyenne. Those organizations help market Laramie County to bring in more visitors who will generate more taxes.

The President of Visit Cheyenne, Darren Rudloff says this tax also helps keep our rates low. “Our households in Laramie county, each household spends about $516 less in taxes because of the taxes paid by visitors”.

The Lodging Tax is the last measure on your November ballot and authorizes a tax of 4% on visitors.