At tonight's Common Council Arts, Entertainment & Tourism Committee, John Friedman, who chairs the committee, reported on the lodging tax, which the proprietors of hotels, inns, B&Bs, and short-term Airbnb rentals began collecting on June 1.
In the first quarter, $73,811 was collected in lodging tax and $6,800 in registration fees. When the lodging tax was being discussed in the Common Council, prior to the law being enacted, it was projected that the tax would bring in $69,570 in the first quarter. Friedman told the committee, "The receipts are in line with our expectations. In fact, we are 6 percent above where we thought we would be."
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