Packers Party House Owners Oppose Hotel Tax Plan
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CREATED May. 31, 2013
Owners of party houses across the street from Lambeau Field could soon find themselves having to pay the same type of taxes as hotels.
It's part of a controversial proposal by the Regional Hotel Tax Commission.
The Green Bay Area Room Tax Commission says enforcing a 10 percent hotel room tax on these homes is something they may consider at future hearings. However, property owners say they should not to be confused with hotels.
Across the street from Lambeau....
Property owners like Debbie Jacques rent out their homes
"Another great thing for green bay."
For Packer home games
"Invested so much money into our business here."
She charges around 25 hundred dollars for gameday weekend but a new hotel room tax could bring that up.
"Another 250 to 500 dollars."
The city is now considering treating them like hotels.
"We're not hotels."
"If they meet the statutory obligation of being some entity that should pay room tax, we probably should discuss it in more detail."
Ted Penn of the room tax commission says enforcing a tax on these homes could benefit the city.
"Help pay the bonds off for the existing properties and potentially help contribute to marketing of the green bay area," says Penn.
But Jacques says this could hurt her business as she may be forced to raise her prices.
"I think definitely people are going to look at that and say, maybe lets find some place else."
But if it does happen...
"Give us the privileges that hotels have then," says Jacques.
Everywhere else could be the same.
Penn says the room tax commission plans to discuss this in their next meeting coming up in mid-august.