Hotel/Motel Tax Grant


The City of Dublin Hotel/Motel Tax Fund was established to improve the quality of life for Dublin’s residents, corporate citizens and visitors. The purpose of the Hotel/Motel Tax is to provide revenue that enhances the City’s appeal to visitors and tourists. Home to nearly 20 hotels/motels, Dublin generates funds from a six percent tax on overnight stays. These funds are invested back into the community through designated projects and events that enhance visitor appeal and encourage overnight stays.

The primary goal of the Hotel/Motel Tax Grant is to support the community through events and programs that enhance the resident and visitor experience in Dublin.


The application process opens on August 15, 2023 and closes on September 15, 2023. Once the application period ends, City staff will review applications for completeness and eligibility. Applicants should be prepared to describe how their event/project enhances the quality of life for Dublin residents and supports the City’s goal of being a safe, resilient and inclusive community. 

Applications, supporting materials and staff’s recommendations will be submitted to City Council’s Finance Committee, which will make funding recommendations to City Council. The Council will serve as the final approving body.

No later than 90 days after the event has concluded, award recipients must submit a final report to receive reimbursement. Reimbursements will not be administered until receipt of a complete final report.

Minimum Requirements

The City welcomes grant requests from federally recognized, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations (i.e. 501(c)(3)). All applicants must submit a complete application. Events/projects will support the purpose of the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund and the health of the Fund. The organization will adequately recognize the City of Dublin’s support.

Evaluation Criteria and Priority Considerations

Priority will be placed on events/projects that enhance resident quality of life, support the hotel/motel tax fund through overnight stays at Dublin hotels/motels, further Dublin’s social and cultural resiliency goals, and demonstrate an ability to be self-sustaining.

Priority is given to projects that:

  • Generate overnight stays in Dublin hotels
  • Encourage support of Dublin businesses, restaurants and attractions
  • Attract positive coverage in local, regional and national media
  • Reach a broad segment of the community
  • Request seed money for inventive programs related to the aforementioned criteria
  • Seek multiple sources of support rather than rely on the City as a single funding source
  • Yield benefits to the community for the resources invested
  • Promote cooperation among event organizers to reduce costs
  • Enhance or improve the community

The following additional considerations may be taken into account during the evaluation process:

  • The organization that is awarded grant funds is the organization which expends the dollars. Funding is not passed through to another organization;
  • The organization is not funded through any other City funds or City-funded organization;
  • Funds are utilized for a specific event/project;
  • Organizations are encouraged to display an ability to match at least 25% of the awarded grant funds.


Because the City cannot fund every worthwhile endeavor, resources are directed to those areas where public support will have the greatest impact. The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals or staffing
  • Organizations that support political candidates or political philosophies
  • Organizations whose primary purpose is to influence, promote or attempt to initiate legislation
  • Organizations in need of funding for travel outside of Dublin
  • For-profit ventures
  • Budget deficits incurred prior to application
  • Endowments
  • Race events that require public road closures

2022 grant recipients

  • Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In – $ 15,000
  • Club Ohio Soccer Club Ohio Nike Challenge Cup – $ 8,000
  • Crawford Hoying Foundation Dublin Market – $ 25,000
  • Crawford Hoying Foundation ForeFest – $ 25,000
  • Crohns and Colitis Foundation Take Steps Walk – $ 1,500
  • Dublin AM Rotary and HDBA Classic Car Show – $ 3,000
  • Dublin Arts Council Art & Wellness: ARTifacts Created at Home – $ 20,000
  • Dublin Jerome High School Senior Class DJHS Homecoming Parade – $ 1,000
  • Dublin Music Boosters Dublin Band Showcase – $ 1,300
  • Dublin Scioto Lacrosse Boosters Ohio Middle School Lacrosse Tournament – $ 5,000
  • Dublin Soccer League Dublin Charity Cup – $ 11,500
  • Dublin Special Olympics Shamrock Games – $ 2,000
  • Dublin United Soccer Cup Dublin United Champions Cup – $ 7,000
  • Dublin Youth Athletics Wayne Williams Memorial Tournament – $ 20,000
  • HDBA Historic Dublin Business Assoc. Events – $ 45,000
  • JASCO OBON Summer Festival – $ 3,500
  • Ohio Premier Soccer Club Ohio Premier Invitational – $ 5,000
  • Ohio Bulldawgs Elite – $ 4,000
  • World Archery of Ohio Buckeye Classic – $ 22,200
  • Resident Individuals
  • Nonresident Individuals (see below)
  • Associations (including Partnerships, Joint Ventures, etc.)
  • Corporations (including S-Corporations)
  • Fiduciaries – Estates and Trusts (including Grantor Trusts)


The following persons must file an Annual Return:

A RESIDENT of Dublin having earned income and/or who engages in a business or profession in or outside their place of residence—even if all taxes have been properly withheld. A Declaration of Estimated Tax is required for all individuals whose tax is not fully withheld or with business income if the estimated tax due is more than $200.00.

Residents who are exempt from paying the tax (e.g. pension income or under age 18) must complete a Declaration of Exemption form and submit it to our office in order to inactivate your account.

Not sure if you are resident? Check your status here.

A NONRESIDENT of Dublin having earned income in Dublin from which Dublin city income tax has not been fully withheld by your employer, and/or who engages in a business or profession in Dublin. Any taxpayer engaged in business within Dublin must file an annual return, even if a loss is claimed on the business. A declaration of estimated city income tax is required for all individuals whose estimated tax due is more than $200.00.

Nonresident Individual taxpayers seeking a refund for taxes withheld should complete a Nonresident Individual Return form.

INDIVIDUALS – Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Was I over 18 and a resident of the City of Dublin for any portion of the tax year?
  2. Did I have any other earnings in Dublin from which at least 2.0% was not withheld?

Self-employment income, net income from rentals, tips, commissions, etc. are taxable to the City as earned income. If you have rental property in Dublin or other business income earned within Dublin, you must file a return even if you show a loss.

If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you are required to file a Dublin income tax return. Forms and instructions are available on our web site or you may call the Division of Taxation at 614.410.4460.


The following business enterprises must file an Annual Return:

ASSOCIATIONS, CORPORATIONS, and FIDUCIARIES (ESTATES and TRUSTS) deriving income or losses from work done, services performed or rendered, and/or business conducted in Dublin.

All taxpayers engaged in business must file an annual return, even if a loss is claimed on the business. A declaration of estimated city income tax is required for all business entities with estimated tax due of $200.00 or more.

Did You Know That:

  • The City of Dublin Division of Taxation provides taxpayer assistance regarding income tax matters between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Your mailing address (i.e. post office or school district) does not always reflect the taxing jurisdiction in which you live. When in doubt, find out by clicking here or call 614.410.4460.
  • As a Dublin resident, you are responsible for paying additional tax if the tax rate where you work is less than 2.0%.
  • Social Security benefits, pension income, welfare payments, state unemployment, workers’ compensation, interest, and dividends are not subject to Dublin city tax.
  • The filing deadline for calendar year taxpayers is April 15, 2024. All extension requests must be submitted on or before this date.
  • Extensions are an extension of time to file not an extension of time to pay any tax due. Payment of any estimated tax due should accompany the extension request.
  • A copy of the Federal extension (Form 4768 – Individuals and Form 7004 – Corporations, Partnerships, & Trusts) is acceptable, but must be submitted to Dublin by the original due date of the return.

In accordance with Ohio Revised Code §718.27, the interest rate that will apply to late tax payments is calculated by adding five percentage points to the federal short-term rate (rounded to the nearest percentage point) that was in effect during the current year(s).

For 2024 the interest rate is 10%

Past interest rates:

  • 2017 – 6%
  • 2018 – 6%
  • 2019 – 7%
  • 2020 – 7%
  • 2021 – 5%
  • 2022 – 5%
  • 2023 – 7%

Questions should be directed to the Division of Taxation at 614.410.4460.

Dublin Municipal Income Tax Ordinance


Use this link for the contact and basic tax information for all municipalities in Ohio.

School District

School District taxes in the state of Ohio are administered by the Ohio Department of Taxation.

County Auditor & Property Taxes

The Franklin, Union, and Delaware County Auditors’ offices administer and collect property taxes on behalf of the City and should be contacted with any questions regarding property valuations or property taxes.

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Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tammy Lehnert, Director of Taxation

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