OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky county has increased the hotel room tax with the money slated to fund the operations of a planned downtown convention center.
The hike means visitors will now pay a 13 percent tax on any hotel room in Daviess County.
Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Karen Miller told The Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/Mn0z0I) that the new rate puts the city in line with other Kentucky municipalities.
Judge-Executive Al Mattingly said the convention center is expected to operate at a deficit of between $300,000 and $500,000 a year.
Mattingly estimated that the tax would bring in $150,000 a year now and more as two downtown hotels open in 2013 and 2014.