Let’s make Brookhaven a ‘destination city’

Published 9:24pm Saturday, February 22, 2014
  • Anna Thomas

    As a 16 year employee of one of Brookhaven’s finest motels, I can tell you several reasons why this tax is not a good idea.

    First, many people are under the misconception that our business is just one night stays when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.

    What business we have is mostly long term. Major companies that put hundreds of workers into rooms every night.

    With the economy the way it is right now, I have vendors sending me letters asking us to enable them to switch their method of billing to email to save on the cost of postage stamps.

    Just think how much an extra 3% on top of their hotel bill is going to affect their bottom line if our state tax is already at 7% that’s a total of 10% per room.

    Second, just building a ball field is not going to bring us any more business.

    Most if not all ball games played here is by teams that are within driving distance to their homes so at best, the teams come to play, gas up, eat and leave.

    Third, Brookhaven is not a destination town that much is true, so if as the editor of our fine newspaper says, some where someone needs to start the drive to make it so then let it be all of Brookhaven.

    If we also include the restaurants with this tax as well as the hotels at 1% each we would garner much more money in a shorter amount of time.

    If Brookhaven is to be a destination city, then shouldn’t it be the responsibility of everyone in Brookhaven to see that it gets there.

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