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Kauai County seeks higher share of hotel tax

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:22 a.m. HST, Oct 21, 2013

LIHUE » Kauai County officials want a bigger share of the state's Transient Accommodation Tax.

The tax is a 9.25 percent surcharge on hotel rooms

The state in fiscal year 2012 collected $13.5 million from Kauai County. The county received $13.7 million.

Council legislative assistant Ashley Bunda tells The Garden Island that visitor-related expenses cost the county $44.24 million in fiscal year 2012, including nearly $25 million in operations expense such as police and fire calls.

State lawmakers since 2010 have capped the hotel tax share for all counties at $93 million.

County Council Chairman Jay Furfaro says the state tax this year will take in $352 million. The county is asking state lawmakers to double the share received by counties, which would increase Kauai county's share to $27.4 million.

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serious wrote:
I think the counties should also have a Presidential Tax for the added security when he and his group come here. Try a lottery for additional revenue.
on October 21,2013 | 09:30AM
scoobydoo wrote:
Each County should keep what is brought in by them. They all have hotels and such, the revenue should stay with that County. The state can take the sales tax.
on October 21,2013 | 09:57AM
Workingrl wrote:
State is greedy
on October 21,2013 | 10:21AM
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