RHINELANDER - Some Wisconsin cities rely on tax money from tourists to pay for certain things.
Rhinelander's city administrator wants to know if people would support raising sales tax on tourism related businesses.
The question will be on the ballot next spring.
City leaders think the extra tax could bring in about $400,000 every year.
Businesses like restaurants and department stores would see the increase.
The money would help improve the city's roads.
"It would bring the rate from 5.5 to 6% and that would only be for tourism related goods and services that would be taxed and the city would be able to use that revenue to hopefully improve our road infrastructure which is real difficult for us to have the funds to maintain," says Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn.
A similar ordinance was passed in Eagle River in 2006.
City employees say it will help since tourists use the roads.
"So there's a lot of people who use our services and this would be a good way for them to help pay for our infrastructure and pay for this tax would be generated to pay for a lot of the things that we need to repair because of the usage."
This referendum is only a survey.
The Wisconsin legislature will need to approve it before the tax is implemented.