Hawaii lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to make a temporary increase in the state’s hotel room tax rate permanent, according to a Honolulu Star Advertiser report.

The current rate of 9.25% was scheduled to expire in 2015.

There also were proposals to return the rate to its 2011 level of 7.25% and raise the rate as high as 11.25%.

The agreement includes an annual allotment of $82 million in hotel tax revenue to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, an increase of $11 million.

The bill requires final approval from both the Hawaii state Senate and House.
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