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Questions raised over hotel room tax being applied to Packers party houses


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A hotel tax commission in the Green Bay area is considering the idea of enforcing those who rent “Packer party houses” near Lambeau Field to pay the area’s 10-percent tax hotel rooms.

Lawry Larson of the area’s Room Tax Commission says the houses provide overnight beds, just like hotels – so it’s only fair that their users pay the tax.

The houses are tucked into neighborhoods close to the stadium.

They’re decorated in Packer green-and-gold, and groups pay up to four-thousand-dollars to rent the houses on Game-Days.

Owners of the party houses say they’d be tougher to rent if the tax had to be applied.

City laws require the tax for those places, but officials say they have not properly enforced it.

Rental owner Nick Cialdella said if they have to pay the tax, the houses should also get other benefits that hotels have – like special zoning, parking lots, and signs. He said their close residential neighbors wouldn’t want that.