Thompson-Booker: Vote no on 2B |

Thompson-Booker: Vote no on 2B

To the editor:

I am writing to urge the citizens of Craig to vote no on 2B on Tuesday. It is not that I do not support a lodging tax, but I do not support increasing the lodging tax by 5 percent during this period of economic downturn.  

Many of the lodgers are being impacted by the lack of work that was in the area this spring and summer. Now we are asking those that do come to Craig for work, which is the primary reason most people rent hotel rooms, to pay 5 percent more.

While it is not a lot of money to those on the Craig City Council and the other business leaders who support this, it is a lot of money to the family man who is willing to take any job anywhere so that he can provide for his family.

If they are asked to pay more on lodging taxes, it is less that they have to take home to their family and it is less they have to spend in the local community.

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So the argument that no one locally will pay is patently false. You will pay when people have less money to spend locally.

You will pay when lodgers are forced to lay off more people.

You will pay when those travelers who come to Craig to provide goods and services have to increase their prices by 5 percent to cover the increased taxes.

I don’t think now is the time for increasing this tax. As many Republican leaders have been saying for months, increasing taxes is not good for business. I respectfully ask the citizens of Craig to say no to increased taxes and vote no on 2B.

Tammie Thompson-Booker

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