The choice of whether to renew the hotel/motel tax for the unincorporated portions of Hamilton County is on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election. We believe voters should vote to renew the measure, which will continue to help fund tourism and help communities around the county.
This is not an increase in people's property taxes. The revenue comes from travelers who stay in the rural motels and the cabins at Briggs Woods Park.
Hotel/motel funds in the past have provided money to market Hamilton County to tourists and for economic development purposes. Much of this money goes directly into improvements that make Hamilton County a more attractive place to visit, which in turn helps the county collect even more revenues.
Other projects the tax has helped include funds for printing of brochures for Ellsworth and Stratford, necessary community improvements such as upgrading the restrooms at the City Park in Stratford, providing signage for Williams, and improvements at the Hemken Collection in Williams to make the facility more handicapped accessible.
The projects the hotel/motel tax help provide funding for means that Hamilton County will be in position to take the best advantage of an improving economy. They're a sign of optimism that things will continue to improve and Hamilton County will continue to be a great place live and visit.