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Uncle! Uncle! Hotels, You Win!

Scott Lewis, VOICE OF SAN

Thursday, August 4, 2011

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But the third source of revenue is still gigantic: the hotel-room tax. In 2010, the city collected nearly $68 million from the tax on visitors.
This helps explain the decisions the city makes with things like downtown development. As Erik Bruvold, president of the National University System Institute of Policy Research, pointed out at a forum about redevelopment we held several months ago: If you have a 1 percent stake in one type of business and a 10.5 percent stake in another type, which business are you going to advocate for?