A member of a local unit of government’s legislative body should not
simultaneously serve, in a private capacity, as an officer or director of a
tourism organization and participate in discussions or votes to establish a
room tax to support the organization financially.
A member of a local unit of government’s legislative body who is a director of
a tourism organization generally should not participate in a decision
concerning room tax receipts if the decision could substantially affect the
level of receipts earmarked for the organization. If decisions on these issues
are presented to the legislative body in the form of an ordinance or ordinance
amendment, then a member of that body who also serves on the board of the
tourism organization should not act in a way that aids the organization of
which he or she is a director.
OEB 96-13 (July 31, 1996)