By Ron Clayton
Polk County officials said they’ve been told that they will lose a lawsuit challenging the county’s authority to collect taxes on rafting tickets for Ocoee River trips.
County Executive Hoyt Firestone said the county is poised to file an appeal as soon as Chancellor Jerri Bryant issues her ruling in the case. He said the county could lose up to $375,000 a year from the $2.50 per ticket tax.
Rafters had challenged the taxes in the past and lost. Ocoee Outfitters President Lance Luke said the group was pleased with the development.
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