Brent Devolin says council has no appetite to add a tourism tax to businesses.

The Minden Hills Mayor was talking about a new taxation tool from Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs, which came into effect on December 1st.

Devolin feels the rise of the minimum wage to $14 an hour by January 1st will stretch business budgets enough and if there is a tax on tourists, it would be bad for the businesses in Minden.

According to the report sent to council from the ministry, it is entirely up to the municipality if it wants to implement a tax.

The report says municipalities will have flexibility on the tax including determining its rate.

Click here to see the letter presented to council.