Proposed Targeted Tourism Rate
Submissions have now closed. Council considered the submissions on Wednesday 21 November and now the working group will meet again Tuesday 11 December. At this meeting the working group will review the suggestions and feedback that Council received.
The issue of who benefits from tourism and who should fund it is a challenging issue and we want to develop a better way to do this. You now have an opportunity to influence the future direction of the targeted tourism rate by submitting on our proposed new model which would take effect from 1 July 2013.
A working group was established to redefine the current criteria and class levels of the targeted tourism rate so it is more fair and equitable. The proposal is based on either the businesses having a direct relationship to the visitor industry or that there is an expectation that visitors to our district would ‘use’ their business.
The proposed four new bands - A, B, C & D would mean that businesses or individuals, depending on how they are classified will pay either;
- A - $200
- B - $500
- C - $900
- D - $1,100
With these proposed changes 925 properties (59 additional properties) will be rated and the combined amount will total $341,650.
Those who pay for tourism promotion are ratepayers and businesses who are deemed to be involved directly in the visitor / tourism sector, plus there is an additional contribution of $45,000 from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.
We encourage you to let us know what you think,
Submissions Close Sunday 11 November 2012
for further information please contact Vanessa Nelmes - 03 3140057