Airbnb in Nawbany: To tax or not to tax?

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My Main Street neighbor Josh Pavey and councilman Al Knable provide talking points in the video, which you can view by following the link.

If the deity is to be thanked for small favors, here’s one: Bob Caesar does not appear.

Since no one asked me, I’ll offer this hint to those in favor of regulating and taxing Airbnb properties: You do not want Bob Caesar as your spokesman.

You’re welcome and can buy me a beer some day.

New Albany officials weighing pros and cons of Airbnb regulations, by Chris Sutter (WDRB 41)

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB)– Josh Pavey’s grandmother just got done with a big facelift to her classic home on New Albany’s mansion row.

“She just recently repainted the entire outside of her house, redid the facade, the woodwork,” he said.

She’s been able to do it because of the extra money she’s bringing in after opening her doors to visitors. Her home is an Airbnb.

“It’s been a huge asset to her,” Pavey said about his grandmother.

She’s part of a growing trend in New Albany. A new spot in the southern Indiana city seems to pop up on Airbnb.com daily. The winds of change don’t go unnoticed by lawmakers. Talk is beginning about how to properly regulate the new businesses.

“I’d like for there to be discussion from the public, public input, about what they want their neighborhoods to look like,” said City Councilman Al Knable.

He’s decided to get the conversation started.

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