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Bozeman Hotel Tax Could Increase

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BOZEMAN - Tourists may soon pay a little more to stay overnight in Bozeman.

On Monday night, City Commissioners will look at raising Bozeman's bed tax by one dollar.

Jim Yuhas visits Bozeman once a year. He said raising the city's bed tax from one dollar to two dollars per night would not affect him that much.

"A dollar a night probably wouldn't affect me too much. If it was five or ten dollars, then it would," said Yuhas.

The city's bed tax is used to market Bozeman and bring in more tourists across the world to the city. City leaders said the increase is necessary to stay competitive with other cities in the state.

"It will help promote our community to tourists, tournaments goers and convention goers," said Brit Fontenot, Bozeman Director of Economic Development.

Last year, the tax brought in more the $450,000 to Bozeman. With the tax increase, the Bozeman Tourism Business Improvement District hopes to double that amount.

"This is going to provide TBID more resources to promote Bozeman to more places and more people," said Fontenot.

Yuhas said if an extra dollar can help the city's economy, he is willing to help out.

"It looks like Bozeman is doing very well," said Yuhas. "The economy is doing better than our area."

The tax increase will have no affect to residents, only to people that stay in the city's hotels.

The ordinance will go before the city commissioners on Monday night. If approved, there will be a second reading on it May 19. If that is approved, the tax increase will go into effect at the beginning of June.
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