A bill that would have changed the distribution of Buncombe County’s controversial hotel tax to better benefit local government is likely dead until at least next year. The change would have reduced the share of room tax money to market and advertise Asheville as a tourist destination.
“The BCTDA recently got their 50 percent increase in the occupancy tax, which means they now have $10 million a year to spend on projects that stimulate more room nights, more solid waste, more police and fire calls, more expense for local taxpayers. “
Backed up by the city’s attorney at Asheville City Council’s Jan. 27 meeting, Council member and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce VP Kelly Miller declined to recuse himself from a motion to include a hotel/motel tax request on Council’s legislative agenda.