Visit Fort Wayne President and CEO Dan O'Connell

Visit Fort Wayne President and CEO Dan O'Connell, right, speaks to Allen County Council before the group voted to increase the county Innkeepers Tax to 8%. Next to him is Gary Shearer, president and CEO of PHP and past president of Visit Fort Wayne's board. 

Allen County Council voted 4-3 on Aug. 15 in favor of increasing the county's Innkeepers Tax from 7 to 8%.

The additional money, estimated at $750,000, will be earmarked for tourism. Visit Fort Wayne, the local tourism bureau, has pushed for the increase for the last few years.

Council had delayed the vote from last month to further look at the ramifications of the increase.

See more here and in Aug. 23's Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

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