The Montgomery City Council delayed voting again on an ordinance to increase the city’s lodging tax at a meeting Tuesday night.
The proposed ordinance would add a $3 per night, per room charge to the city’s 11% lodging tax paid by patrons of Montgomery motels and hotels to “fund sports and entertainment recruitment and development, tourism, and infrastructure.”
The ordinance was moved back to the city’s Tourism and Economic Development committee on Tuesday.
The proposal was brought up for consideration at the council’s previous meeting in November but wasn’t voted upon.
According to city code, 8.5% of Montgomery’s lodging tax goes to “funding city tourism and economic development,” and the remaining 2.5% goes to funding “financing, construction, acquisition, development, operation, management, maintenance, or equipping of a minor league baseball stadium, an expansion to the city civic center, or a hotel adjacent to such civic center.”
Mindy Hanan, President and CEO of the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association, told 1819 News in November that some of the members of her association have concerns about the proposal.
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