After nearly an hour-and-a-half of discussion, the Ephraim Village Board voted against a resolution that would raise the Door County hotel room tax from 5.5% to 8% beginning in 2022. The board heard a presentation on how money from the increase could be used to improve visitors' experiences, and how it would be distributed to and used by Door County communities. Destination Door County would receive 70-percent of the revenues. Board Member Matt Meacham raised questions about where that money might go.
Meacham added he couldn't support the room tax increase proposal at this time. Destination Door County CEO Jack Moneypenny explained that there are limitations on how the revenues could be spent.
The village board voted 4-1 against the proposed hotel room tax plan. However, the board indicated it could discuss the proposal in the future.