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Dumfries And Galloway Council Leader Rules Out Tourist Tax

Dumfries and Galloway Council leader rules out tourist tax

As the debate over a so-called “tourist tax” rumbles on, the leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council has spoken out against it.

Councillor Elaine Murray, in an open letter to residents and businesses, said that there were currently no plans to introduce either a tourist tax or workplace parking levy as “they are not appropriate for our rural area”.

She that the two taxes would not “address the real challenge facing local authorities which are the cuts in Government funding”.

Earlier this month, councillors in Edinburgh voted in favour of a transient visitor levy (TVL) to help raise money to pay for the costs of mass tourism in the Scottish capital.

However, a new tax could not come into effect until the Scottish Parliament has passed enabling legislation, which is unlikely to happen before next year.

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