Harford County will begin collecting its hotel tax March 23. The tax is expected to bring in $2.75 million in revenue to be used for grants for tourism related activities. As reported in the Baltimore Sun,
Proceeds from the tax will be funneled to public and private nonprofit organizations committed to planning and implementing tourism-related activities.
The application period opened Monday and will end April 17. Grant awards will be made on a competitive basis, subject to the availability of funds, according to a county government announcement.
The Harford County Economic Development Advisory Board has designated a Tourism Activity Review Committee to allocate the revenue.
“I look forward to investing county revenue from the hotel lodging fee to support tourism-related activities and promote economic growth,” Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said in a statement. Glassman sponsored the lodging tax legislation, which set up the process to use the money for tourism-related grants.