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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Lake County innkeeper's tax. Provides that the Lake County innkeeper's tax applies to the renting or furnishing of rooms for periods of less than 30 consecutive days by the same party in the same room. Provides that an agent of the county treasurer may exercise certain powers assigned to the county treasurer under the Lake County innkeeper's tax law. Provides that 11.67% of the first $1,200,000 of revenue received from the Lake County innkeeper's tax that is not transferred to the city of Gary shall be allocated to a local matching grant fund. Specifies that money in the local matching grant fund may be distributed only for major destination events. Deletes provisions distributing a corresponding percentage of the tax to certain municipalities for convention facility marketing, sales, and public relations programs and for tourism and economic development projects. Provides that the Lake County innkeeper's tax revenue transferred to Purdue University-Calumet may be used by the university for education programs (rather than nursing education programs, under current law). Deletes the requirement that the budget of the Lake County convention and visitor bureau (bureau) must be submitted to the department of local government finance and placed on file with the county auditor. Removes requirements that the bureau may use funds under its control only for events in the county.