Less than charmed by the prospect of a 5% hotel/motel tax, the owners of Red Boiling Springs’ historic hotels – The Armour, The Donoho, and The Thomas House – intend to turn out in-force to oppose such a tax at the August meetings of the county court.
“We want the commissioners to know that we’re very unhappy about it,” said Evelyn Cole, owner/operator of The Thomas House, a family-run business. “The commissioners I’ve talked to since the July 21 meeting didn’t know how we felt about it.”
Two of the RBS hotel owners said they had not been contacted by the Tourism Committee, and didn’t know that the issue was to be voted on at the last meeting of commissioners.
Visitors to Macon County’s hotels and motels will soon have a 5% tax added to their bills, to be dedicated to the development of tourism, if things go the way county commissioners voted at their regular meeting on July 21. The tax may generate as much as $18,000 per year, according to Tourism Committee Chair Carolyn Whitaker, who based her estimate on the amount generated in other counties that are comparable to Macon.
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Thirty-one-year-old Chris Paul Stinnett, and his wife, 34-year-old Kellie Lynette Stinnett, both of 1868 West Stinson Rd. in Westmoreland, were arrested on charges of drug manufacturing by officers at the Macon County Sheriffs Department on Thursday, July 17.