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By Zoey Palmer
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Legislation proposes to extend lodging tax set to expire in June

 


Tax revenue from tourists who stay in hotels is a critical resource for Washington state’s cities and towns, which often rely on that income to promote and expand events that attract visitors, according to those who testified on bills introduced this legislative session in Olympia.

The proposals relate to the state’s hotel and motel tax, also known as the lodging tax.

Individual counties and cities may choose to levy a fee of up to 2 percent on charges to customers by hotels and motels. Lodging-tax proceeds are used in most cases for tourism-promotion such as advertising and tourism-related facilities such as convention centers, museums and fairgrounds.

The tax also applies to other t...



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