The head of the state's department of tourism is concerned that the
Cullman City Council is considering funding expansion of a local park
by levying a 3 percent lodging tax on travelers -- 99 percent of whom
will never use those facilities. - Cullman Times
But, of course a lodging tax is unfair! Who better to tax than people who have no representation? The whole idea of a lodging tax, and the reason it's already higher than any tax on the local citizenry, is that it's a tax on people that have no say. It is not a tax designed to help fund improvements in the travel industry or to fulfill any other lofty public service ideal. Lodging taxes aren't about being fair, they are about raking in money.