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City, county to benefit from lodging tax mistake

Because of incorrect reporting of lodging taxes the past 15 months, Scottsbluff County will have to give up $32,084 for tourism promotion.

Dawson County will receive the money, because a hotel in the county collected the lodging tax, but not until after this fiscal year ends, said Barry McDiarmid, who chairs the Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce tourism committee.

The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported that the lodging taxes collected in Dawson County were incorrectly attributed to Scottsbluff County.

Lodging taxes are collected when a person stays at a hotel or motel.

A portion of the bill is made up of a state and local lodging tax that is sent monthly to the state. Part of the money is then sent to the county to be used by the county’s tourism committee.

The Scottsbluff paper said the owner of the Dawson County hotel, who also has a hotel in Scottsbluff, made the error that state officials said was unintentional.