Hike in “bed tax” at motels considered

THE IDEA of raising the bed tax on guests at hotels and motels in the city will be considered by the Stanton City Council on Tuesday (Shutterstock).

Money matters will be on the minds of members of the Stanton City Council when it meets Tuesday evening.

The council will consider the idea of raising the transient occupancy tax – commonly known as a “bed tax” – paid by guests at hotels and motels in the city.

Stanton does not have any major hotels, but there are numerous motels in the Beach Boulevard corridor.

Currently, Stanton’s rate is tied with eight other Orange County cities at 8 percent.  In a recent year, that brought in $437,676 to city coffers.

Rates for some other OC cities and the annual revenue received is as follows:

  • Anaheim: 15 percent ($138,479,293);
  • Garden Grove: 14.5 percent ($20,892,283);
  • Huntington Beach: 10 percent ($10,034,980).

Also on the agenda is the idea of creating a business improvement district in the city.

Known as a “BID,” such districts have a defined boundary within which businesses are required to pay an additional levy to fund projects such as landscaping, security, marketing, etc.

There are 42 BIDs in Los Angeles. In Orange County, such districts are active in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

The city council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in its chambers in the City Hall, 7800 Katella Ave. (west of Beach Boulevard).

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