Boonville tourists may soon spend more money on their visits.
That's because the city wants to increase its lodging tax from 4 % to 5 %. That move will add an additional $40,000 to the tourism fund for next year.
A lodging tax is applied only to those who spend the night in a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or campground in Boonville city limits.
Representative Lisa McClary of the Boonville Tourism Commission said she knows how the money will be spent.
The Jefferson City Council held a meeting Thursday to discuss the construction of a conference center and hotel. City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said the city has been considering such a project for 80 years.