By Terry Bailey

The Mitchell County Commissioners conducted their weekly business meeting on Tuesday, July 5th. The meeting was held on Tuesday because Monday was the 4th of July National holiday. Commissioners Mike Cooper and Tom Claussen were present in person and Commissioner Jim Marshall attended via a Zoom connection.
The Commissioners only had one item on their agenda, the Transient Guest Tax otherwise known as the Bed Tax. Kent Miller, Janet Remus, and Lucille Heller represented the Mitchell County Tourism group. Miller said, "We would like to request an increase in the Transient Guest Tax from 2% to 4%. I have done some checking and Mitchell County has by far the lowest percent rate in our area."
Remus said, "It is hard to determine which facilities are collecting the tax and which ones are not. There are 22 places in Mitchell County that come under the legal definition of a facility that should collect the bed tax. Currently only eight businesses are doing so. We do not know who is collecting the tax and who are not."
This initiated a discussion of how the honor system might not be working as planned and the difficulty of getting everyone to comply with the provisions of the law.
The Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the two percent raise in the transient guest tax from two percent to four percent.
Having addressed the lone item on the agenda, the meeting was adjourned.


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