GREEN BAY (AP) — The owners of rental homes across the street from the Green Bay Packers stadium are fighting plans to step up enforcement of a hotel tax on their properties.
Members of the regional hotel tax commission are considering whether to increase enforcement of a 10 percent tax on the rental houses, located in the shadow of Lambeau Field.
The homes, decorated in the Packers’ green and gold, rent for as much as $4,000 a weekend during football season. The hotel tax is passed on to customers and could make it more difficult to rent the properties, according to the owners of the “party houses.”
“That’s not a little money,” said Nick Cialdella, one of the rental owners.
Lawry Larson, a member of the Green Bay Area Room Tax Commission, said the party houses provide overnight accommodations like hotels and should be taxed the same.
“Why shouldn’t they have to pay?” Larson said.
A local ordinance requires the rental owners to pay the hotel tax, but city officials say it has not been properly enforced. Seven properties have received permits from the city of Green Bay to operate and owners paid a $300 registration fee.
If the rental properties are going to be taxed like hotels, they should be allowed the same zoning, parking, signage and other features, Cialdella said.
“If we’re considered a hotel, then we should be given the same rights,” he said. “And I don’t think people want that in that area.”
The 10 percent tax funds the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau; pays for improvements to the Resch Center and other facilities; and will soon will help pay for expansion of the KI Convention Center, according to Press-Gazette Media.