Community invited to provide feedback on potential hospitality tax

The Bemidji City Council will hold a community listening session during their work session Monday.

The meeting will be held at the Sanford Center Ballroom beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The council is seeking feedback on a hospitality tax, a concept discussed for years as a means of offsetting the operating losses of the Sanford Center.

Currently, the deficit is levied through property taxes. The annual deficit is usually around $400,000.

The Sanford Center is also looking to make capital improvements, as the technology installed at its construction is outdated.

A hospitality tax is more flexible than a sales tax and can be used for both operational and capital needs.

Sales taxes, per state law, can only be used toward physical assets such as a building.

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