City will explore a bed tax increase

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

The possibility of raising the “bed tax” advanced a bit at Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Council.

A staff report providing more detail on the topic was requested by the council. Currently, the city’s bed tax – more accurately called a “transient occupancy tax” – charged to occupants of motels and hotels, is 8 percent, one of the lowest in Orange County.

Neighboring Anaheim, for example, is at 15 percent, while Garden Grove is close behind at 14.5 percent.

Also on Tuesday, the council created an ad hoc committee to further research the possibility of creating a business improvement district, with Gary Taylor and Carol Warren as members.

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.


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