Bibb votes to add penny to local hotel/motel tax

The Bibb County Commission on Thursday authorized the county attorney to draft a resolution requesting that the local legislative delegation add a penny to the hotel/motel tax and split the revenue it generates between the Georgia music and sports halls of fame.

The resolution is to essentially mirror another resolution Macon City Council passed in August requesting the same action.

The commission previously passed a resolution in June that would have increased the hotel/motel tax in the same way. But because city council didn’t pass a similar resolution before July 1 when the law regarding the hotel/motel tax changed, it never went into effect.

The law now says that local governments must ask the legislature to approve a change in the tax, county attorney Virgil Adams said.

Previous estimates show that the additional 1 percent tax, which would be levied on guests who stay at local hotels, could provide as much as $200,000 to each of the halls.

The hotel/motel tax currently is set at 6 percent.