- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014

GARDINER, Mont. (AP) - Businesses in the Yellowstone National Park gateway town of Gardiner have begun collecting a 3 percent seasonal resort tax.

Voters recently approved the tax.

The money collected will be used to help pay for emergency services, water and sewer maintenance, major transportation improvements, and to build and maintain a visitor center with public restrooms. Some money will go to property tax relief and the rest to administration.

The tax will be collected from June 1 through Sept. 30 on accommodations, restaurants and bars, luxuries and gift items. It will not be levied on things like groceries and medicine.

The Livingston Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/1p3TgiS) the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce estimates $700,000 to $1 million will be collected in the first year.

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Information from: Livingston Enterprise, https://www.livingstonenterprise.com


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