What are your thoughts on the proposed hotel motel tax?
City of Dunwoody Hotel Motel Tax:
The city is interested in your thoughts on the proposed Hotel Motel tax increase planned to begin in January 1, 2018.
For background information on the Hotel Motel Tax, please review the Hotel Motel Tax presentation delivered to City Council.
You can also review the following Placemaking Plan which provides a closer look at Placemaking ito help directly improve our community by collaboratively reinventing public spaces and better
connecting people and places to build stronger, more cohesive communities. It’s a creative process that relies on community-based participation to create ways to better use a community’s resources and connect them with its people and history.
With the passage of HB 564 earlier this year, the City has been granted the authority from the State to increase the existing Hotel Motel Tax from 5% to 8%. The new Hotel Motel Tax of 8% would be applied to visitors staying at one of the hotels or motels within the City of Dunwoody. The final step in this process is the approval of an Ordinance by the City Council to Amend Chapter 28, Article III. City Staff followed a specific planning process to create a list of Priority Capital Projects to be included with the Ordinance. Although not a State requirement for increasing the Tax, the planning process and list of projects provides clarity on how the increased tax revenue will be spent.
A Draft Plan by Staff City staff identified all eligible projects for funding with the stipulation that only projects included in a previously approved plan would be considered. Staff created the following criteria to prioritize the projects:
- Prioritization in Original Plan
- Deliverability of Project
- Does the Project leverage other funds
- Does the Project fill gaps in the system
- Proximity to the Tourism market
City staff held conversations with a targeted group of stakeholders to gather information on the inventory and prioritization of the projects.
Similar to the annual City budget process, the Mayor appointed three Council Members to serve on a Committee to refine and prioritize the project list for final presentation to the full Council.
Public Open House
The City hosted a public information open house on November 15, 2017 and shared the proposed ordinance and list of projects with residents and community members.
Staff Recommends creating a Tourism Facility fund with 15% of Hotel Motel Tax increase and funding Parks, Trails and Greenspace with the remaining revenue. The Priority List of Parks and Trail Projects includes:
- Perimeter Center East Park
- Ashford Dunwoody Trail – Phase I (Hammond Dr. to Perimeter Center West)
- Flyover Bridge Park
- Westside Connector Trail (MARTA Station to Ashford Dunwoody Rd.)
- Perimeter Park @ Dunwoody MARTA Station – North Phase
- Ashford Dunwoody Trail – Phase II (Perimeter Center West to Mount Vernon Rd.)
- Georgetown to Perimeter Trail (Perimeter Center East Park to Chamblee Dunwoody Rd.)
- Highstreet Trail (Central Parkway to Perimeter Center Parkway)
- Perimeter Mall Trail (Hammond Dr. to Perimeter Center West)
- Georgetown Gateway Trail (Georgetown Park to Cotillion Dr.)
- Ravinia Trail (Perimeter Center East Park to Ashford Dunwoody Road)
- Northfork Nancy Creek Trail – Phase I (Perimeter Center East Park to Valley View Road)
- Perimeter Park @ Dunwoody MARTA Station – South Phase I
- Northfork Nancy Creek Trail – Phase II (Valley View Rd. to Ashford Center Parkway)
- Winters Chapel Road Trail (Dunwoody Club Dr. to Peeler Road)
- Cotillion Trail (Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. to North Shallowford Rd.)
- Windwood Hollow Trail (Brookrun Park to Winters Chapel Road)
- Perimeter Park @ Dunwoody MARTA Station – South Phase II
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