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McMenamins creates tax boom for Kalama

October 4, 2018

KALAMA, Wash. (AP) — McMenamins’ Kalama Harbor Lodge has been open for just over five months, but its significantly increased the southwest Washington city’s hotel tax revenue and downtown foot-traffic.

The Daily News reports the 40-room lodge has increased the city’s hotel/motel tax revenue from $3,000 to $4,000 a year to $3,000 a month. Kalama already has received $14,000 in hotel tax revenue this year, more than three times the $4,000 it budgeted.

Coni McMaster, city clerk and treasurer, said McMennamins is drawing more people to other businesses in town. Multiple businesses, including restaurants, have reported a sales boost since McMenamins opened near the Port of Kalama Marine Park in April. Overall, the town has seen more visitors, she said.

The city is limited in how to spend hotel tax revenue by state law. That money only can be used for tourism activities or promotions designed to attract overnight tourists.

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