Money grab? Tennessee town increased tourist tax for no specific purpose

Money grab? Tennessee town increased tourist tax for no specific purpose
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Anybody traveling through Columbia now pays a whopping 20 percent hotel tax, but local politicians responsible for the exorbitant rate don’t seem to have a plan for what to do with all that extra money — nearly half a million in the next fiscal year alone.

That’s part of a trend in Tennessee and elsewhere in which politicians tax out-of-town hotel visitors to pay for pet political projects — often for some vague tourism purpose — rather than increase taxes on their own constituents.

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