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Tourism tax used to benefit community

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By Nick Schrager

Three percent.

That’s what anyone in Springfield pays on top of their bill at restaurants, hotels and Air BnB homes.

But where does that 3 percent go?

It goes into tourism.

According to Springfield Tourism Director Stephanie McMillin and tourism board chair Channing Nally, the tax, which was implemented in 2008, brings in approximately $140,000-$240,000 annually.

The tourism board oversees the funds, and like any other entity, McMillin said they are audited every year.


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