Columbus Passes $4-Per-Day Car Rental Tax

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus City Council on June 24 approved a $4-a-day car rental tax that the council expects to generate $6 million to $10 million for the city's general fund.

Exempt from the tax are car rental customers who can show proof that they are renting because their own car is being repaired. Customers renting a car for 30 days or more are also exempt.

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman pushed for the tax, which will expire Dec. 31, 2005, unless a majority of council members votes to extend it.

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