By Michelle Price
UCBJ Managing Editor
CARTHAGE – The Smith County Commission has passed a resolution requesting the state legislature to pass a private act allowing the county to implement a hospitality tax in its rural areas. Revenue from the tax will be used for public safety and tourism funding.
The proposed 5% tax would apply to Airbnb and VRBO units, as well as campgrounds and hotel/motel units.
The resolution passed the commission 21-1 with Erika Ebel as the lone dissenting vote. The request will now proceed to the state legislature for consideration.