Two bills making their way through the state Legislation might cost New Berlin residents money by changing the way hotel room taxes can be spent.
Currently, the city uses about $240,000 of the room taxes that local hotels pay for things like city debt service and building maintenance. State law currently allows it to do that as long as it uses 30 percent of the hotel taxes to promote tourism and people staying overnight in the city.
Hotel room taxes are paid on top of property taxes.
The two proposed bills would increase the portion of room taxes that would go to promoting tourism to 70 percent. That means a large chunk of that $240,000 that New Berlin uses for debt and maintenance would have to be made up by local taxpayers.
Further, the bills would require the 70 percent to go into the hands of organizations promoting local tourism.
The New Berlin Common Council on Tuesday passed resolutions opposing Senate Bill 301 and Assembly Bill 385.
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