Third Kentucky county votes to increase hotel room tax

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BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A third northern Kentucky county has passed a tax increase on hotel rooms to help pay for an expansion of a convention center.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports the Boone County Fiscal Court gave its approval this month to a 1 percent increase to the transient room tax. Boone joins governing bodies in Campbell and Kenton counties, where officials passed the tax increase last month.

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The Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the increase will bring in an extra $1.2 million to $1.5 million per year. The money will be used to expand the 204,000-square-foot Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.

Visitors bureau CEO Eric Summe said since the convention center opened in 1998 it has hosted 2,500 events and directly supports 350 hospitality-related jobs.

The tax increase will fund tourism projects after the expansion is completed.