Public Measure on the Ballot

AUDUBON — In addition to voting for city and school candidates on the general election on Nov. 5, voters in the cities of Audubon and Elk Horn will have a public measure to consider.

In Audubon, residents will consider a new hotel/motel tax that could raise revenue for cultural and other projects for the city.

The tax would be at 7 percent, and would only affect those staying in hotels or motels in Audubon.

By state statute, half of the funds raised would go to culture and recreation, and the other half, according to City Clerk Joe Foran, could go to any purpose permitted by law.

In the city of Elk Horn, residents will be asked to consider raising an existing hotel/motel tax from the current 5 percent to 7 percent.

City Clerk Cindy Pash said the current tax has been in place since 2010. “We’re just trying to raise it to 7 percent,” she said, adding Elk Horn was one of about three locations in the state with a hotel/motel tax below 7 percent.

The tax is set up with 67 percent of the tax revenue going to the tourism/promotional fund, and the rest to “any lawful use.”

If approved, the increase would go into effect Jan. 1.