This news was passed along this morning by Delegate Dan Riley:
“Hotel tax, for Harford County, killed in the Senate.
It is with great disappointment I’ve learned the hotel tax for Aberdeen was killed in the Senate.
The bill was doing well until someone offered an amendment. The amendment was accepted and became part of the bill thus killing Aberdeen’s chances of getting the hotel tax this year. I do not know what Senator was behind the amendment, I can only guess…maybe a friend of Hess?
I will bring the bill back next year, and the next year, and the next year…until it passes or the opposition, in the Senate, to the bill is retired by the voters.”
The amended language now only includes Somerset and Montgomery Counties. Because the House of Delegates’ version of the bill is different, the legislation must go to conference to iron out the differences.
Also, the amendment apparently reads that, “The municipal Corporation is located within a county that:
1. DISTRIBUTES AT LEAST 50% OF TOTAL HOTEL TAX REVENUES TO PROMOTE TOURISM WITHIN THE COUNTY; OR
2. DOES NOT IMPOSE A TAX ON A TRANSIENT CHARGE PAID TO A HOTEL.”
The rub seems to be that, since Harford County does not have a hotel tax, this amendment, killed the bill in the senate.
For more Dagger coverage of the Hotel Tax Wars, please read:
Or listen to Aberdeen City Councilmen Mike Hiob and Ron Kupferman discuss the need for such a room tax when they appeared on WAMD 970 AM on Dec. 18: