Savannah cracks down on unpaid tour company fees

Savannah cracks down on unpaid tour company fees

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - City officials in Savannah are cracking down on unpaid and under-reported fees paid by tour companies.

The Savannah Morning News reports that it's part of an attempt to reduce late payments and restore lost sales tax revenue.

Companies that conduct sightseeing tours within Savannah's historic district are required to pay $1 for each adult taking the tour and 50 cents for children 12 and under. Revenue from the fees is generally used for the maintenance of the Historic District.

To collect an estimated $15,000 in remaining delinquent payments, the city sent letters this week to nine non-compliant businesses, stating they had five days to pay or face sanctions by Dec. 30. Possible sanctions include the suspension of tour permits and access to parking and other areas.

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