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Columbia first ward city councilman Nick Knoth (2023 photo courtesy of the city of Columbia's website)

(LISTEN): publisher Mike Murphy appears on 939 the Eagle’s “CEO Roundtable”

939 the Eagle’s Fred Parry, who hosts the “CEO Roundtable” program, describes as the best journalism coverage of the city of Columbia. publisher Mike Murphy joined Fred in-studio for the hour Saturday morning on the popular program. They tackled a number of topics, including the April recall election involving first ward city councilman Nick Knoth, the April second ward race between Lisa Meyer and Robert Schreiber III and the contentious issue involving short-term rentals. You’ll soon have to pay the same five percent lodging tax that hotels pay, when you stay at a Columbia Airbnb or other short-term rental property. Columbia’s city council voted 5-1 last week to approve the new regulations, which will take effect in June. The council has been working to develop land use regulations to govern short-term rentals since 2018. Fifth ward councilman Don Waterman cast the lone “no” vote. Sixth ward councilwoman Betsy Peters, who owns an Airbnd, abstained from voting. They will require short-term rentals to be licensed, inspected, restricted to a maximum number of days of operation and pay the same five percent lodging tax that hotels pay:

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