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City Could Collect Transient Room Tax from Airbnb
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - With a new transient room tax possibly in the works, along with a split of the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau, local governments are also hoping to collect from Airbnb.

According to Mary Hammond of CVB, the city of Paducah and McCracken County have been working to create a tax agreement with Airbnb since last October, but progress has slowed recently.

Currently Airbnb, has an agreement with the state of Kentucky to pay a 1 percent transient room tax. Hammond said some Kentucky cities and counties have also worked out their own arrangements with the company, including Bowling Green and Louisville/Jefferson County.

In joint meetings, city and county leaders have discussed dissolving the existing joint convention bureau and creating two separate tourism commissions, one run by each government. That could enable collection of a ten percent total transient room tax instead of the current six percent.

The additional new taxes would be used in part to pay the debt on a proposed sports complex. 

Hammond indicated progress should be made with Airbnb after local governments decide what to do on their individual tax structures. 


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Published 09:00 PM, Saturday Jul. 13, 2019
Updated 06:51 AM, Monday Jul. 15, 2019

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