Washington City Hotel Tax Measure A (November 2009)

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There was a Washington City Hotel Tax Measure A on the November 3 ballot in Washington County for voters in the city of Washington.

This measure was defeated[1]

  • Yes: 278 (33.21%)
  • No: 559 (66.79%)Defeatedd

This measure sought to impose a 7 percent tax on the rental of rooms in any motel or hotel within the city limits. The money generated from this tax would have been used to maintain and improve cultural and recreational sites throughout the city.[2]

The ballot will read:

"Shall the City of Washington, Iowa impose a hotel/motel tax as provided by Chapter 423A, Code of Iowa, at the rate of seven percent (7%) effective July 1, 2010 upon the gross receipts from the renting of any and all rooms in any hotel, motel, inn, or public lodging house and direct that one hundred percent (100%) of the revenue from this act shall be spent for the acquisition of sites for, or constructing, improving, enlarging, equipping, repairing, operating, or maintaining recreational, convention, cultural or entertainment facilities, or the payment of principle and interest on bonds or other evidence of indebtedness issued by the City for such purposes, or for the promotion and encouragement of tourist and convention business in the City and surrounding areas.”[2]

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