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ROOM-TAX HIKE WOULD BE UNFAIR

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We don't need to look as far as New York or Las Vegas to see that Salt Lake hotels are competitively disadvantaged in our own Wasatch Front market.

I compete head to head, bed to bed and plate to plate with hotels in Ogden, Provo, Sandy, Murray and West Jordan. Our room rates are essentially the same because we are in the same market. But I pay Salt Lake City a 10.85 percent innkeeper and sales tax load, while my competitors in Ogden and Provo pay only 9.25 percent, and my competitors in Murray, Sandy and West Jordan pay only 9.75 percent.Now the mayor wants to increase my tax load by another point. This will severely hurt me and hotel owners like me as our guests go just a little way up or down the freeway to get a better room rate.

Throwing this new tax on our guests from out of town is sort of like walking down the street to throw your garbage on a stranger's front lawn. Just because you don't know the person or the person does not vote for you, does not mean that you should treat them unfairly.

Robert Thorup

President

Quality Inn/Airport