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File #: 40611    Version: Name: Creating Room Tax Commission
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/26/2015 In control: COMMON COUNCIL ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITTEE (ended 4/2017)
On agenda: 2/23/2016 Final action: 2/23/2016
Enactment date: 3/8/2016 Enactment #: ORD-16-00024
Title: 2nd SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 33.29 of the Madison General Ordinances to create a Room Tax Commission for the City of Madison.
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin, Mark Clear, Amanda Hall
Attachments: 1. Version 1, 2. Version 2
Fiscal Note
Under state law, municipalities that collect a room tax must, beginning in 2017, transfer 70% of room tax revenues to a Room Tax Commission which will make decisions on expenditures for tourism promotion and development. Room tax collections in 2016 are estimated to total $15.1 million. If this requirement were in place in 2016, $10.57 million in room tax revenues would be transferred to the Commission. Tourism promotion and development includes tangible municipal development, including a convention center, tourism marketing activities, and transient tourism informational services.
Title
2nd SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 33.29 of the Madison General Ordinances to create a Room Tax Commission for the City of Madison.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This proposal creates a Room Tax Commission for the City of Madison, consisting of six members, appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Council. One member of the commission must represent the Wisconsin hotel and motel industry. A Room Tax Commission is authorized by state law to use room tax revenue it receives from the City for tourism promotion and development, pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 66.0615.
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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:
Section 33.29 entitled “Room Tax Commission” of the Madison General Ordinances is created to read as follows:
“33.29 ROOM TAX COMMISSION.
(1) Creation. There is hereby created a Room Tax Commission for the City of Madison.
(2) Composition. The Room Tax Commission shall consist of six (6) members appointed by the mayor and confirmed by a majority vote of the members of the Common Council who are present when the vote is taken. Members shall serve without compensation. All members shall be adult residents of the City. At least two members shall be alderpersons. Strong consideration shall be given to alderpersons who serve on the boards of the Monona T...

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