• 2% Lodging Tax approved in 1979
• 2.5% additional approved in 1998
• .5% additional approved in 2004
In 1979, the City of Springfield, Missouri enacted in Chapter 20 of the Springfield City Code, a section imposing a tax on “every person engaged in the business of renting, leasing, or letting living quarters, sleeping accommodations, rooms or a part thereof, in connection with any hotel, motel or tourist court”. The taxpayer under this original lodging tax was required to remit to the City a license tax equal to “2% of the gross rental receipts derived from or paid by transient guests for sleeping accommodations,” with a minimum license tax of five dollars per quarter-annual license.
In 1998, the voters of the City approved a ballot measure to increase the lodging tax using the following language: Shall the City of Springfield increase the tax paid by guests using hotels, motels, and tourist courts for sleeping accommodations from two (2) percent to four and one-half (4 ½) percent to promote recreation, education, tourism and the local economy in order to carry out the recommendations of the Vision 20/20 Citizen’s Committee and the Commission on Travel and Tourism by developing Civic Park, constructing an indoor ice facility and making capital grants available for projects to assist not-for-profit organizations who promote these activities such as the Discovery Center, the Gillioz and the Landers Theaters, Dickerson Park Zoo and the American National Fish and Wildlife Living Museum and Aquarium with the tax increase to end with the last debt service payment?