Strong majority oppose additional hotel and motel occupancy fees - 116 participants

Mar 04, 2015

Sen Martha Fuller Clark (D – S21) is the prime sponsor of SB 253, a bill that would allow municipalities to assess hotel and motel occupancy fees of up to $1.00 per night to offset the cost of municipal services. It is not a bill, however, with which many Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) Facebook members expressed support when asked, “Do you agree that NH municipalities should be allowed to add a maximum $1 fee to hotel room charges?”

“Do you agree that NH municipalities should be allowed to add a maximum $1 fee to hotel room charges?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Hotel Fees NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 116 participants gave 496 responses

A total of 89% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 11% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 116 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 496 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No:  A strong majority, at 93% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to allowing towns to add fees to hotel room charges. 

  • “All the efforts by government agencies to raise more revenue in order to meet needs stem from an absolute failure to control spending.”
  • “What if the tourists didn't come? What if they went to Portland instead? Do you really want to scare them away for a dollar?”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 7%, were in favor of allowing towns to add fees to hotel room charges.   

  • “This makes far more sense for resort towns overburdened and not seeing the proper redistribution through M & R revenue.”
  • “Have you seen the potholes this year? Do you think they're going to fix themselves for free?”

Other: As noted above, 11% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Reducing taxes: "How about a bill to end the pension scheme? Time to privatize pensions for all public sector employees."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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