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Article published February 27, 2013

Tourism office sees gains in bed tax

Jared Stonesifer
Cranberry Eagle

HARMONY — The Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau landed more than $105,000 in bed taxes in December, a 40 percent increase from last year.

President Jack Cohen released the updated figures during a board meeting Thursday night.
The tourism bureau gets that money because of state law, which exercises a 3 percent bed tax on hotel rooms across the county.
Cohen said the figures continue to increase alongside the number of hotel beds in the county, which have recently swelled to more than 2,000 rooms.
The president also said the tourism bureau brought in only $65,000 from December 2011, a time when there were only 1,400 hotel rooms in the county.
One year before that, the amount raised in December was only $59,000.
The increase in bed tax funds goes a long way in helping the tourism bureau fund new and existing initiatives, Cohen said.
“That’s an amazing piece of business for one month,” he said.