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Wentzville considers implementing hotel tax

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City of Wentzville considers adding a tax on visitors to area hotels. (Credit: City of Wetnzville) City of Wentzville considers adding a tax on visitors to area hotels. (Credit: City of Wetnzville)
WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The City of Wentzville has hired a lobbyist to look into implementing a hotel/motel tax.

City administrator David Gipson says the city could add up more than $300,000 to the tourism budget by implementing a tax.

There a few issues standing in the way. Gipson says first, the state statue says a city must have a population of 51,000 to implement such a tax. While Wentzville is growing rapidly, only around 39,000 people live in the city. The other issue is that a city in a charter county, in this instance, St. Charles County, can’t pass a tax that already exists in that county.

Both of those things would have to be changed at the state level. That’s why the Board of Aldermen has hired a lobbyist to convince state legislators to change these rules.

They are paying Strong Consulting Group $20,000 for services and a $5,000 bonus if it results in legislation change.

“This is very early in the process,” explained Gipson.

It would still have to go before the voters.

The city would have an option of taxing hotel and motel guests between one percent and five percent, which means they could add anywhere between $67,000-$339,000 more in their tourism budget. Funding that could go towards things like festivals or the park system.

Right now surrounding cities including St. Peters, O’Fallon and St. Charles City all have a similar tax.

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