DECEMBER 4, 2012- Erie County Council members voted unanimously and approved a 2% hotel tax increase.
The current hotel tax sits at 5%.
With this increase, the hotel tax will go up to 7%
According to County Council officials, over the year the tax brought in nearly $2.6 million dollars.
County Council officials say $1 million more dollars could be made from that tax.
Funds raised from the 2 percent increase will go to Visit Erie for tourism, marketing and promotions.
The first 5% was split with 80% going to the Convention Center Authority.
hope that the money raised from the tax will drive up revenue and tourism to
The Tax is also expected to bring in more jobs, not just seasonal, but year round.
County Council members say they will double check the progress of this tax, and quarterly updates will be provided to them.
The tax is said to begin on