Oconee County Screwing Tourists

OUt of their money that is.

Oconee County Commissioners Tuesday night unanimously passed a 6 percent tax on overnight stays at hotels and motels in unincorporated parts of the county.

Motel or hotel guests visiting Oconee County will begin paying a 6 percent tax on their bills starting Jan. 1.

The local government will use the new tax revenue to promote tourism and pay for brochures and travel magazine advertisements to try to lure visitors to Oconee County, said Oconee County Commission Chairman Melvin Davis.

Of course, at 8%, Cobb County is raping its tourists.


  1. Jas says:

    Why anyone would ever stay in Oconee County is beyond me. You have the jewel of Georgia 10 minutes north on 441.

  2. SpaceyG says:

    This is kinda weird ’cause I just passed through Oconee County on the way back from Cashiers, NC and noticed all the Oconee County Economic Development Centers that looked completely empty. Of course this was Oconee County, South Carolina. Maybe they could get together with GA for some great signage/printing/graphics deals to help attract more tourists, ’cause like GA, why in the world would anyone want to stay there when you’ve got Icky Golf Pants/Tourism Mecca (Western NC) just half hour or so on up the road?

    I also saw a country-fried clogger up there in NC who bore a startling resemblance to Glenn Richardson, complete with glowing Brush On Men’s Color ‘stash and matching hair. Could The Speaker be moonlighting?

  3. SpaceyG says:

    And yes, that’s CLOGGER. Not to be confused with BLOGGER; both which, much to everyone’s general disgust, seem to be thriving.

  4. Oconee County is still living off the ACC teet. If it weren’t for the largest university in the state in the neighboring county, there wouldn’t be a hotel or motel that they could tax. It is bad enough they generate revenue off students who drive on 316 and 78 via ticketing.

  5. Icarus says:

    Maybe the Oconee County GOP Executive Committee can endorse the tax and then un-endorse it.

  6. GabrielSterling says:

    How is Cobb at 8%? I thought the local level (County or City) was capped at 7%. And the state takes 7% as well.

    UGA, it Athens/Clarke County.

  7. Mike-El says:

    Did you think for a second that the hotels in Bogart and Bishop were booked up with overtaxed Duke and Wake Forest fans?

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