After a postponement at their last meeting, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved support going forward with the 2.5 percent room tax increase at Tuesday night’s meeting. The motion carried 6-1 with Alderperson Dennis Statz voting against the action.
The countywide initiative through the Door County Tourism Zoning Commission would increase the room tax from 5.5 to 8 percent with the tax revenues being split 70/30 between Destination Door County and the local municipality.
The Door County Tourism Zoning Commission proposal needs 13 of their 19 Door County municipalities to resolve an ordinance to be drafted. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council had delayed a decision at their last meeting to gather more information from an impact study done by UW-Whitewater.
In other business, the council approved permanently keeping the start time for council meetings at 6 pm in the future. The council also unanimously passed a resolution to increase fees for large item pick up for disposal by the city.