NEW YORK -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office and the Hotel
Association of New York City are discussing a proposal to raise the
city's hotel tax to help finance the expansion of the Jacob Javits
Convention Center, the mayor's office confirmed.
Although the proposal is still being ironed out, options
reportedly include a one or two percentage-point hike in the
current 13.625% hotel tax or an increase in the current $2 a night
Raising the hotel tax would need the approval of the city
council and the state legislature.
If the tax were imposed, it would likely be a temporary measure to
help fund the Javits Center expansion, estimated to cost $1.4
Officials are concerned about the impact a tax hike would have
on business. The city in 1994 rolled back its 19.25% hotel tax as
conventions began boycotting the city because of the high cost of
doing business here.
"We support any step toward the expansion of the Javits Center,
as long as business isn't negatively affected," said a spokeswoman
for NYC & Co., the city's convention and visitors bureau.
A spokeswoman for Mayor Bloomberg said a resolution could be
reached in "about two months."
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