Exactly one year after the Brooklyn Town Board rejected a room tax increase to benefit the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, town leaders have done it again.

Tuesday evening, the Town Board voted down a request to increase town room taxes by 2 percent, which would have raised the room tax to 7 percent.

The decision followed last month’s request from chamber Executive Director Ellen Koeppen and city-town liaison Robin Wallenfang, both of whom asked for another 2 percent.

Chamber leaders had hoped to use it for tourism promotion.

The town already has a base 5-percent room tax, half of which goes to the chamber. The city of Green Lake has that same setup, but also an additional 2 percent that benefits the chamber. Chamber leaders had hoped the town would do the same. Read the full story in the Nov. 12, 2009, issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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