Published on : Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Del. Patrick Hope has launched legislation in order to expand the ability of Arlington to collect hotel surtax on stays for tourism promotion and to eliminate the sunset clause that has provided the state lawmakers a positive control over the county government for decades on the issue.
The measure permits Arlington to attach an additional 0.25-percent tax to hotel bills (raising about $1 million a year for tourism-development initiatives), is initiated to conclude until July 2018 unless legislature extends it.
Back in 2011, lawmakers killed the ability of Arlington to levy tax. However, it was brought back to life last year with a two-year sunset provision along with.
As the legislation is applicable only to one locality, it will require supermajorities of two-thirds to win in each house. Should the attempt to take away surtax not garner enough votes, officials of Arlington could possibly offer to maintain the sunset provision in place for a number of years as a compromise.
Arlington County Board and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce support the elimination of the sunset provision. State Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) is anticipated to support legislation like Hope’s in the upper chamber.