Letter to The Editor
Will only “visitors” pay the A&P tax on lodging?
Ordinance 2009-10 establishing the tax is governed by Ark. Code Annotated § 26-75-602(c)(1). Following that law, Searcy’s A&P tax increase will include an additional 3% tax on the gross receipts from “renting, leasing, or otherwise furnishing hotel, motel, house, cabin, bed and breakfast, campground, condominium, or other similar rental accommodations for sleeping, meeting, or party room facilities for profit in such city or town, but such accommodations shall not include the rental or lease of such accommodations for periods of thirty (30) days or more.”
So, part of the A&P tax is a “hotel” tax; however, besides the 1% tax increase on prepared food and beverages, any “renting, leasing, or otherwise furnishing” of accommodations in Searcy for a period of less than 30 days will be taxed the additional 3%. Hotels, landlords, and facilities with meeting or party rooms will remit this tax, but they are merely middlemen. In reality, their customers will pay it.
Some are saying only “visitors” staying in our hotels and motels will pay the “lodging” portion of the A&P tax, but they overlook that many of these “visitors” are our friends, family, and neighbors. Furthermore, if the tax passes and you rent a party or meeting room for a birthday party or your civic or religious organization, you will pay, too. The tax increase will affect all of us.
With the right to vote comes the responsibility to be an informed voter. You can vote on April 13, or, you can vote early starting April 6. Please don’t just listen to one side or the other’s talking points. Before you vote on the A&P tax, do your own research and vote armed with the facts.
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