Editorial

Innkeeperís Tax to draw eyes to Greene County

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Greene County Council and County Commissioners approved a new tax this week, which will bring in money to help promote the many attractions and events around the county.

The best part of this tax, though, is that unless youíre staying in a Greene County hotel, motel, inn or bed and breakfast, you wonít be affected by it. The 5 percent tax will only be added to the bills of those staying in the aforementioned Greene County establishments being rented for a time period of 30 days or less.

Tax is often portrayed as a dirty word, but itís an unfortunate fact of life that it is frequently a necessary move in order to make changes and upgrades. While Greene County is a mostly-rural area, we have a lot to offer in the way of tourism.

Social media has become an excellent resource in previous years, but the possibilities push a little further when you start talking about advertising in other communities throughout the state. For example, Greene County Economic Development Director Brianne Jerrels previously said funding would be used for advertising in various medias, the creation of a mobile app, promoting agri-business, seeking mini grants, purchasing signage, creating a promotional video and more.

Take a moment to think about all of the gorgeous scenery we take advantage of during drives through Greene County.

One of our hidden gems here in Greene County is Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in eastern Greene County. The mesmerizing sculptures sit among the rolling hills of Solsberry, tucked in a little corner of the county. A lot of local people donít even know about the area, which draws in artists from all over the world. The trail should be drawing in spectators from all over to share in its beauty.

Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area has become a bird-watchers paradise, but the value extends far beyond the rare birds who stop in the area. The gorgeous, quiet scenery is an excellent getaway from the cities and towns which consume so much time. The area is already drawing in individuals from all over the state, which we have met firsthand, and more people should know about the beauty we are hiding in Greene County.

Tulip Trestle has grown from the viaduct in the woods to a stopping point for people of all over, including other countries. The observation deck gives spectators a front-row seat to the one of the longest of this type of bridge still in use by the Indiana Rail Road. The restoration committee put in countless hours to make a bridge in the woods a destination spot for those who appreciate the history.

These are just a few of the big examples. There are so many more areas in Greene County which deserve attention from people outside our little community. We can appreciate the beauty, but letís share our wealth in our little area of Greene County with as many as possible.