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.

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