Jacksonville Seeks Occupancy Tax

One of Eastern Carolina's biggest cities wants to generate revenue by taxing people when they rent hotel rooms or other lodging.

A bill is on the N.C. House calendar Tuesday to create a 3% occupancy tax in Jacksonville. The bill says the city will turn the money from the tax over to the Jacksonville Tourism Development Authority. Two-thirds would go to promoting travel and tourism in Jacksonville. The other third would go to tourism-related expenditures.

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  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Feb 3, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    It will backfire. Pitt County raised taxes for "education" not realizing that individuals like me would simply go over to neighboring counties to shop. I regularly shop in Beaufort County because the county government in Pitt County is so irresponsible.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    Well put, VBush,and there are no upgrades at these establishments to merit the rate raises!!!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 3, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    So the powers that be in Jacksonville have decided to make it even more expensive to rent temporary lodging. Who will be the primary recipients of this tax? Mostly family members that come to visit some Marine that is defending our nation. I doubt Jacksonville is a primary tourist destination for very many people. I feel pretty sure that most of those rented rooms go to people that are somehow there because of the Marine base in one way or another. Let's face it, if it wasn't for the Marines, Jacksonville would be a ghost town.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    Traveler, it is spelled STUPID.
  • by traveler on Feb 3, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    That would deter me from staying over in that city. Kind of a stoopid idea when the economy is already bad and tourism is down....yup that will really encourage people to flock to Jacksonville.
  • by RJ Location: Reynolds on Feb 3, 2009 at 06:08 AM
    Good Idea...Most of the revenue comes from the government anyway.Why not gouge, every one else does. If it were not for CLNC, your beautiful city would not exist. Put a toll on your roads. Two-thirds would go to promoting travel and tourism in Jacksonville. The other third would go into corrupt golden pockets. Or vise/versa.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 3, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    At a time when "travel" and hotel occupancy is down this is the perfect idea. Raise taxes on hotel rooms? Another example of fleesing of NC in the name of higher taxes. The state cannot have enought money since spending is out of control, as usual. You people who come to our state to make us like the place you came from, thanks for making sure our taxes have gone up.

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