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County to discuss lodging tax amendment

The Russell County Commission will be discussing a bill removing allocation of two percent of the county lodging tax from the Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce when its work session convenes at 5 p.m. EST today in the county courthouse.

The county tabled a consideration of the bill two weeks ago during its regular meeting. The bill would take the roughly $100,000 in taxes from the chamber and use it for the county economic development and industrial recruitment efforts.

The loudest and longest discussion involved a bill which would take the 2 percent of county lodging tax the commission allocates to the Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce away and use it for county economic development and industrial recruitment efforts.

Chamber president Victor Cross said the chamber uses the lodging tax funds for tourism efforts, promoting Bi-City sites such as historic Fort Mitchell, the National Infantry Museum and the Indian Heritage Center. It is the only monies used for tourism in the county.

The commission may vote on the proposed bill at its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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