Raising island bed tax subsidy for businesses

info@islandpacket.comOctober 24, 2013 

In a front-page story Thursday about allocating the state accommodations tax on Hilton Head Island, unashamed greed poked through at least twice.

Soak the tourists, urged the advisory committee chairman, Robert Stenhammer. They're already paying a hefty 10 percent tax to stay here, but Stenhammer, a resort manager, wants it to be 12 percent. When he vacations somewhere else, is he delighted to pay that much?

Then comes Gail Wargo, director of sales and marketing at the local Westin Resort, saying, "To get that word out ... we have to have the funding to compete. A tax increase would help us."

If Wargo's company wants more revenue it should do what most businesses have to do and buy its own ads, not expect subsidies from taxpayers.

Alex Cruden

Hilton Head Island

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