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Auburn Researching Possible Hotel Tax


Will the City of Auburn adopt a hotel tax?

At Thursday’s City Council meeting, City Manager Jeff Dygert asked if Council would like his office to explore it.

Councilors Terry Cuddy and Jimmy Giannettino said they felt the idea should be looked into.

“Definitely, I mean I think it’s worth looking into,” said Cuddy.

In his answer, Giannettio cited the drain the county housing individuals at hotels within the city has on Auburn’s resources.

“Our friends at the county continue to house individuals in hotels due to the fact that there is no adequate shelter here in the county. I know that that’s something they continue to look into, and I applaud their efforts, but the reality is this has become a drain on our resources, both fire and police, so I think that needs to be part of the conversation.”

Dygert told Council he would do some research and report back at a work session.

Any potential hotel tax would need to be approved by the state legislature and signed into law by the governor.

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