Bill would allow local $2/night fee on lodgings
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A bill currently being considered in the state legislature would give towns and cities the opportunity to raise revenue through a modest fee placed on the rental of hotel rooms. The idea is unpopular among the people who make those rooms available for rent.
The bill, HB 641, would give municipalities the option to place a fee of up to $2 on each room rented per night. The wording of the bill states that money collected would be placed in “a capital reserve fund, tourism support fund, revolving fund or other special revenue fund as may be authorized. Such funds shall be used to augment funding for the cost of municipal services associated with the increase in tourism and transient traffic.”