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Published: Wednesday, 1/9/2013

Sylvania delays hotel tax for 45 days

BLADE STAFF

Members of Sylvania's City Council voted unanimously, in a 6-0 vote, on Monday night, to waive the hotel/motel tax for the management company of the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel, for 45 days.

Representatives of River Center LLC, which manages the hotel, were at the meeting and requested the 45-day extension, in order to look up more information and assemble legal counsel.

In December, the end of a five-year moratorium on a 3 percent hotel and motel occupancy tax created discussion between a representative Sylvania's only hotel, and council.

During that meeting, representative Lea McLaren, from River Center, which manages the hotel, told council members that the projected increase in the tax -- bringing it from 16.75 percent, to 19.75 percent -- would be detrimental to business and will send customers to competing hotels.

The tax, which has been on hold for five years, is made up of both local and state sales taxes.

Council plans to discuss the issue once again, when the 45 days expires.



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