NEW YORK -- The U.S. Virgin Islands Senate Finance Committee is
considering controversial tax bills supported by Gov. Charles
Turnbull that would increase the room tax to 10% and add a $5 daily
surcharge on rental cars.
The action came despite an outcry from tourism officials.
The six last-minute bills, which include borrowing $100 million and
floating bonds for an additional $135 million, were designed, in
the short term, to avert a $29 million cash-flow shortage expected
by the end of June.
Voting is expected to take place later this week.