Tourist commission collects highest monthly total of transient taxes on record

The Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission collected $32,717.10 in transient tax in July of this year, a record number of such taxes since the tourist commission began collecting transient taxes in 1994.

Those numbers were released at the regular monthly meeting of the commission’s board of directors on Wednesday afternoon.

During the meeting, Tourism Executive Director Danielle Wilson and the board lauded the recent passage by the the fiscal court of an amended ordinance earlier this month that will allow the commission to collect a 3 percent tax on VRBO businesses, rent by owner sites, RV parks, campgrounds, and even houseboats, among others, beginning in January 2023.

Wilson said in her executive director’s report that she believes this will increase the budget of the commission by at least $100,000 to $150,000 annually.

The county currently has 127 registered VRBO, AIRBNB, hotels, and motels, combining for a total of 482 rooms available for vacationers and travelers.