LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - It will soon be more expensive to stay in a hotel in unincorporated areas of Lowndes County.
County commissioners approved raising the county's hotel-motel tax from 5% to 7% effective July 1st, 2015.
The increased tax rate is expected to generate an extra $60,000-70,000 in revenue for the county annually.The county will use the extra money to continue to fund the tourism authority, the Rainwater Conference Center, and the county's part of the airport authority.
County commissioners made the decision so that the tax rate would be the same as the city of Valdosta. "[So] that it would be consistent. If you came through Lowndes County and you stay in any of the motels in Lowndes County, then that percentage would be consistent throughout," explained Lowndes County Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter.
The city of Valdosta increased its hotel and motel tax rate to 7% in 2014.