Atascadero levies new bed tax
April 11, 2013
Atascadero city officials are hoping for a boost in tourism after approving a new tax assessment on hotel patrons, with accruing funds earmarked specifically for marketing and promotion. (The Tribune)
The two-percent tariff will become part of hotel bills starting in June, and will be in addition to a 10 percent tax already charged to overnight visitors. Those revenues go into the city’s general fund.
Plans for the new tax were developed by a group of local hoteliers, who want to maintain some control over marketing and development planning and expenditures. Among designs discussed is a shuttle service to bring in tourists from neighboring destination locations.
Atascadero becomes the fifth city in the county to levy this tax, along with San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach and Morro Bay.