COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – New legislation in the city of Columbus is set to take effect concerning taxes, housing and minimum wage.
City leaders say the new legalization came out of a need to keep up with the changes and growth of Columbus. Council members say that starts with investing back into the city.
The new arts tax starts this year. It will add a 5% tax for events with more than 400 people.
Another new change this year is new legislation that regulates Airbnb short term rentals. Michael Stinziano with city council says these changes are needed.
“What you’ll see is just a regulation. We will be able to capture where it’s occurring. There’s also commitment with the fee that we will be able to reinvest in affordable housing,” said Stinziano.
It’s not just short rental properties on city council’s radar. Council members are looking forward to the new 15 dollars an hour minimum wage for new jobs created by the city incentive program.