City Moves Ahead with Municipal Accommodation Tax

The city is making some changes to its election sign bylaw.

At Tuesday night's city council meeting, it was decided that no signs can go up before September 22, and all signs must be removed no later than 96 hours after the municipal election.

The changes only apply to lawn signs, and will not regulate signs in windows, or how people can display signs in their home.

City Council is also moving ahead with a new tax on short term hotel, motel and bed and breakfast stays.

The 4 per-cent municipal accommodation tax would replace a 3 per-cent tax created in 2004 by the Kingston Accommodation Partners.

All money raised, an estimated $3-million per year, will be used to promote Kingston as a tourism destination.

City staff will now develop a detailed implementation plan that will come back to council for final approval.

The hope is to have the tax in place by the end of the year.