City Commissioners approved Charter Ordinance 37 at Monday's meeting, increasing the transient guest tax rate from six to eight percent. The transient guest tax is a tax that is put on the rental of rooms, lodging or other sleeping accommodations and is additional to sales tax. The tax applies where there are more than two bedrooms furnished for the accommodations of guests and when the room is rented for 28 consecutive days or less. The increase is expected to go into effect by July 1, once the state has completed all necessary work.
"The state needs to complete some paperwork, notify all the hotels in the area, and do some other things before the rate can increase," Nanette Pogue, city clerk said.
According to Pogue, all or a portion of the funds will be used for repair and restoration of Boot Hill Museum, as well as their programs and operating costs.
In other business, the commission:
• Approved a proclamation declaring April 3, 2013 Michelle Lynn Bogner Day in honor of the Northwest Elementary School teacher who was recently named a Kansas Master Teacher.
• Held a public hearing for the consideration of establishing a Rural Housing Incentive District (RHID) for Summerlon Phase III-N1 project. No objections, questions or concerns were raised during the hearing. Later in the meeting, an ordinance was passed to establish the RHID.
• Approved an ordnance for the fire department to purchase a new fire truck.
• Approved a bid from Cofer Sales for $42,312.80 for the purchase of 10 new golf carts.
• Approved a bid from Guthrie Floor Cover for $120,052.95 to replace the carpet at the Dodge City Public Library.
The next City Commission meeting will be held April 15.
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