Voters Pass Tourism Tax; Will Use Money To Advertise

Voters Pass Tourism Tax; Will Use Money To Advertise
By: Ryan Tate
Dexter, MO - Three percent of Dexter voters went to the polls Tuesday to vote on a referendum to start a Tourism Tax. By fourteen votes, the measure passed. Now, city leaders plan to use it.
The city developed a Tourism Committee about eight months ago, in an effort to bring more people to Dexter. The Tourism Tax will give the committee the ability to spend money to bring people to town.
"We plan on promoting Dexter, " City Administrator Mark Stidham said. "You might see billboards in places like St. Louis, Springfield, and other places in the state. We have a lot to offer."
Stidham says those things include a good way of life, good schools, the "Stars and Stripes Museum" in Bloomfield, duck hunting in the Otter Slough, and Mingo Wildlife Refuge. Stidham says it is not just the town, but the area.
"In a year, we hope to have a "Tourist Information" station built. There is not on along Highway 60, so we hope to have it," Stidham said.
City leaders say the tax will equal $1.80 for a $45 room. That will generate an estimated $90,000 a year for the tourism committee.