Tax increase will harm Christiansburg
By Tom Norman
Christiansburg’s recent 2 percent increase in occupancy tax for our local hotel industry is very disappointing. The tax increase has the potential to negatively impact tourism as well as deter future investors into the area.
Christiansburg guests now pay one of the highest tax rates (14 percent) in the commonwealth, exceeding even Richmond and Virginia Beach, both of which rely heavily on tourism for income. The tax is also even higher than a major tourist destination like Orlando, Fla.
Norman lives in Christiansburg and is president of the New River Hospitality Association.