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Buffalo Council Approves Ballot Measure for Lodging Tax Increase

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At their regular Tuesday meeting, the Buffalo City Council approved a Resolution that will give the city’s blessing to put a ballot measure on the November General Election to raise the county-wide Lodging Tax by 2% over its current level of 5%.

Mayor Shane Schrader and Johnson County Tourism Association Board Chairwoman Jody Sauers discussed the proposal during the meeting.

JCTA Marketing Director Toby Carrig explained that state statute requires the county and 50% of the municipalities therein need to approve the proposal to raise the Lodging Tax, but the JCTA wanted 100% buy-in by the county, City of Buffalo, and the Town of Kaycee.

With all three approving, the Lodging Tax question will go before voters in Johnson County to decide in November.