Room tax fails in Fulton
The board voted unanimously against imposing a 5 percent room tax requested by the Edgerton Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber wanted to use a tax on hotel rooms in Edgerton, Fulton Township and Albion Township to promote Edgerton tourism.
Three people spoke on behalf of the chamber’s request, but Comfort Inn, Fulton Township’s only hotel, sent a letter urging the town board to reject the tax, Clerk Connie Zimmerman said. A representative from Towne Edge Motel in Edgerton also spoke against the request.
Edgerton passed a first reading of an ordinance instituting a room tax in August. The Albion Town Board has not voted on the tax.
The Fulton Town Board also discussed Thursday what to do with an expected payment of more than $400,000 from American Transmission Company. The board directed the town attorney to write to the Public Service Commission asking if it can put the money in a fund to conserve town roads, Zimmerman said.
Last week, Fulton residents overwhelmingly rejected a referendum to raise town taxes 62 percent to pay for road maintenance and repair.