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      Lodging tax could fund airport upgrades in Columbia

      COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A new report shows Columbia could seek voter approval to raise the hotel tax to pay for a new terminal at Columbia Regional Airport.

      The Columbia Missourian reported that cities like Columbia are authorized to impose a hotel tax of up to 7 percent to fund the "promotion, operation and development of tourism." The report also says the city could also legally levy a fee on each occupied hotel room.

      Kansas City has such a fee, charging hotels and motels $1.50 per occupied room.

      Mayor Bob McDavid and several city officials and business leaders have called for a new terminal. They say it's needed to accommodate the extra passengers the airport will receive when flights between Columbia and Orlando International Airport begin Nov. 20.

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      Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com

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