“I know that you guys are pro-growth,” said Hamilton to the council. “ ... We can get this thing to recover in a year or two if we work together and implement pro-growth strategies. We would like to make it clear to the people who are trying to decide what to do with their votes that Burnside is pro-boater, that we do want to remain the ‘Houseboat Capital of the World’ and we’d like to recommit to the economic security plan (that was previously conceived by local governments). I’m asking you guys to make it clear to the people who are considering boating on Lake Cumberland or in Burnside that we’re not going to pass a tax ... I know that everyone here would very much appreciate that.”
The solution to this problem proved simpler than with the annexation, however, as the council pointed out that they had no plans to tax houseboats and that any talk of such a tax amounted to a “rumor.” The issue had been discussed in recent work sessions and last month’s city council meeting, but only in theory, and largely relating to whether or not such a tax would be mandated by state law (Jones has since ascertained that it would not be required). Moreover, the city councilor who had suggested the city look into such a tax — Frank DeNiro — is no longer part of city government, having been voted out during the November election, pointed out Sellers.
Nevertheless, just to help boat owners feel better about the situation, the council did hold a quick vote just to assert that Burnside is not considering a tax on houseboats at this time. This vote too unanimously passed. Additionally, councilor Lula Jean Burton asked anyone who does have ideas on how to stimulate growth in the area to contact a member of the council or City Hall to share that feedback.