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Allen County Council set to consider hotel tax hike

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The Allen County Council on Thursday is expected to consider a proposal that would raise the local hotel tax rate from the current 7 percent rate to 8 percent.

The item is on the agenda for the 8:30 a.m. meeting at Citizens Square.

Proceeds from what is officially termed an “innkeeper’s tax” support Visit Fort Wayne, which works to attract events and visitors to the area, and the downtown convention center.

The tax rate has been 7 percent since July 2007. It is among the highest in the state, but does sit well behind the 10 percent rate for Marion County, which includes Indianapolis.

State records show Allen County has collected just over $3 million through the tax in the first six months of 2019.

Several hotel projects are in various states of construction in Allen County, with the downtown Fort Wayne Hampton Inn opening on Thursday, another downtown hotel in the early stages of development and several outlying properties being built.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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