Will Atlantic City Add $10 Hotel Room Fee?
PHOTO: Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority).
If Atlantic City Council President Marty Small gets his way, visitors to the popular New Jersey resort town could potentially be forced to pay an additional $10 fee for their hotel room.
Philly.com reported Small is seeking approval from legislators to allow Atlantic City to charge the fee in hopes of raising some much-needed money for the city, specifically aiming to reduce property taxes and debt.
Currently, visitors to Atlantic City already pay a 9 percent luxury tax on hotel rooms. However that revenue is received by the state. The luxury tax, which Atlantic City misses out on, contributes to approximately $30 million annually.
In addition to the hotel fee, Small is proposing a wage tax that would be levied against nonresidents working in Atlantic City.
In the past, the city has pushed hard to hold on to the proceeds brought in from several state luxury taxes, including taxes on hotel rooms, alcohol, and other items.
Philly.com reported the resolutions to formally request the $10 hotel fee was on Wednesday's City Council agenda and will require multiple readings.
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