Video: Guthrie voters pass Visitor’s Tax to support youth facilities

With 12 percent of the registered voters inside the city limits of Guthrie casting their vote, voters approved an increase to the Visitor’s Tax, formally known as the hotel tax or lodging tax, to help fund local youth sports facilities.

On Tuesday, a total of 720 voters turned out with 445 voters (61.18%) saying yes, while 275 (38.19%) voted against the measure. According to the Logan County Election Board, 5,788 voters were registered to vote of the proposition.

The increase will move from 4% to 7% and will begin on July 1, 2022 on all lodging (hotel, motel, bed ad breakfast and Air BNB) inside the Guthrie city limits.

The original lodging tax started in 1998 at four percent and is allocated for the City’s tourism efforts and city parks. The four percent will continue to fund both departments.

The increase opens a new funding source to make necessary improvements to city ball fields (Kiwanis Field, soccer complex), including a future sports complex currently located at Owen’s Fields.

The City won a highly competitive state-wide grant to begin building a sports complex. The award amount from the grant was $1 million with the City matching $1M for a $2 million start to the multi-phase project.


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