4/3/24 - Whitmer Signs Hotel Excise Tax

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs a hotel excise tax bill that would impact West Michigan. Image courtesy of Governor Whtimer's Facebook page. 4/3/24.

The Governor has signed a bill that imposes a hotel excise tax, and allows for further expansion of the tax, that could fund future projects in Grand Rapids.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a new law that could impact Grand Rapids taxes.

Under House Bill 5048, Grand Rapids could impose a 2% hotel tax, but it would still need voter approval. The bill also allows the county to extend that tax from 5 to 8%. The funds could be allocated to proposed projects such as an amphitheater and a soccer stadium in downtown Grand Rapid. Voters could decide on the tax as soon as the August primary.

Proponents of the bill, which passed with bi-partisan approval in the state legislature in November, say it will add revenue from outside residents who attend events, conferences, or vacation in the area.

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