The Lake County Hotel/Motel Tax Department was created to establish rules and regulations for the administration and allocation of countywide excise taxes collected on lodging as permitted by Ohio Revised Code Section 5739.09. The Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution on June 5, 1989, to implement a countywide excise tax on all transactions by which lodging is furnished to transient guests, and subsequently established rules and regulations governing the imposition, collection and distribution of those tax dollars.
A 3% excise tax on lodging was enacted by the Board of Commissioners on April 3, 2003, to be spent solely to make contributions to the convention and visitors bureau operating in the County.
On April 6, 2017, the Board of Commissioners passed an additional 2% excise tax on lodging for the purpose of contributing this 2% to the Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority for Lakeshore improvement projects.
Contact Mike Matas, Lake County Budget Director
105 Main Street
Painesville, OH 44077