Question 2 on Kansas City’s ballot fixes a loophole that for years has exempted non-profit conventions from paying Kansas City’s 7.5 percent hotel bed tax.
The loophole costs the city about $2 million per year. The exemption dates to 1989, but city officials cannot recall the reason behind it. Kansas City is the only Missouri city with this exemption. Non-profits pay this tax when they hold conventions in Branson, St. Louis and neighboring cities in Kansas.
If approved, the tax would generate about $200,000 annually for the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, about $700,000 for the Convention and Visitors Association to promote tourism, and about $1.1 million for convention facilities maintenance and operations.
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