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Hillsboro council increases hotel guest tax

Staff writer

Hillsboro City Council voted Tuesday to increase the city’s transient guest tax on hotel stays from 3 to 5 percent.

The city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, which receives the tax revenue, had requested the increase in April. The council gave tentative approval at that time, prompting a 61-day protest period for anyone opposed to the increase. No petition was filed.

City Administrator Larry Paine said the tax increase would probably increase revenue from $8,600 to $12,000 per year.

The increase will go into effect Sept. 1.

In other business:

  • Street Supervisor Dale Dalke, City Attorney Dan Baldwin, and engineer Darrin Neufeld of EBH & Associates met with the council in closed session for 50 minutes to discuss acquisition of property. No action was taken on return to open session.
  • Police Chief Dan Kinning met with the council in closed session for 10 minutes to discuss personnel. No action was taken on return to open session.
  • At the next scheduled meeting, 4 p.m. July 19, the council will have a public hearing on whether to apply for a Community Development Block Grant from Kansas Department of Commerce to make repairs to streets on the west side of the city. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Last modified July 6, 2011

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