Bill 84-16: Transient Occupancy Tax

The Tourism Bill will take 8% of the county’s existing hotel tax in order to increase that $35k a year by roughly $650k! This will give the county the funding it needs to promote some of the treasures we have.

I was proud to co-sponsor Bill 84-16, which allocates a percentage of the revenue derived from the “Hotel Tax” to be used to promote tourism in Baltimore County. Previously, the County spent a mere $35k a year on promoting all that our county has to offer. The Tourism Bill will take 8% of the county’s existing hotel tax in order to increase that $35k a year by roughly $650k! This will give the county the funding it needs to promote some of the treasures we have.

With over 50 miles of waterfront, Dundalk and Essex are home to some of the most scenic views and destinations in the state. We have a variety of waterfront restaurants the whole family will enjoy and attractions that offer something for everyone. From playgrounds to athletic fields, historical monuments and fishing piers.

Essex boasts the beautiful and history-rich Ballestone-Stansbury House, whose story dates back to the 1600s. Learn more about Essex’s history at The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River (housed in a 1920s Police/Fire Station.) You can also practice your swing at the only waterfront golf course in Baltimore County: Rocky Point, which surrounds Ballestone-Stansbury.

On the other side of the district is Todd’s inheritance property, a family farmstead handed down from father to son for 10 generations from 1664 to the 1970s. On that same peninsula sits Fort Howard, where the largest invasion in United States history took place on September 12th, 1814.

Eastern Baltimore County is a gem, and Bill 84-16 has made it possible for the county to truly promote and attract visitors to all the things we have to offer.