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County officials lobby to retain TAT

March 21, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa and County Council Chairwoman Gladys Baisa recently went to Honolulu to lobby to retain the counties' share of transient accommodations taxes (TAT), more commonly known as the hotel room tax. Senate Bill 359 would repeal the distribution of hotel room tax revenue to the counties. Under a formula for distributing the funds, Maui County would receive between $20 million and $22 million. That represents the county's second-largest source of revenue after property taxes. County officials said that if the county loses the room tax revenue, it will be necessary to either raise property taxes, cut back on county services or increase the general excise tax.



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