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9-500.06. Hospitality industry; discrimination prohibited; use of tax proceeds; exemption; definitions

A. A city or town shall not discriminate against hospitality industry businesses in the collection of fees. For purposes of this subsection "discriminate" means any increase of fees on hospitality industry businesses by any dollar amount on or after April 1, 1990 without a corresponding equal dollar amount of increase in the privilege license fees or other fees imposed on all other businesses in the city or town. For purposes of this subsection "fees on hospitality industry businesses" means annual liquor license taxes or fees or annual renewal or reissuance fees for municipal business privilege licenses, however denominated.

B. On or after April 1, 1990, if a city or town establishes a discriminatory transaction privilege tax or increases its existing discriminatory transaction privilege tax on hospitality industry businesses greater than any increase imposed on other types of businesses in the city or town, the proceeds of the established discriminatory transaction privilege tax, except as provided in subsection D, and the proceeds of any increase above the existing discriminatory transaction privilege tax shall be used exclusively by the city or town for the promotion of tourism. For the purposes of this section a tax which is in effect on April 1, 1990 and is subsequently renewed by a majority of qualified electors voting at an election to approve the renewal is not considered a tax increase.

C. For purposes of subsection B, expenditures by a city or town for the promotion of tourism include:

1. Direct expenditures by the city or town to promote tourism, including but not limited to sporting events or cultural exhibits.

2. Contracts between the city or town and nonprofit organizations or associations for the promotion of tourism by the nonprofit organization or association.

3. Expenditures by the city or town to develop, improve or operate tourism related attractions or facilities or to assist in the planning and promotion of such attractions and facilities.

D. If a city or town has not imposed a discriminatory transaction privilege tax up to a two per cent tax level on hospitality industry businesses as of April 1, 1990 and thereafter imposes or increases such a discriminatory transaction privilege tax, the first two percentage rate portion of the discriminatory transaction privilege tax is not subject to the provisions of subsection B.

E. The provisions of this section do not apply to cities or towns with populations of one hundred thousand persons or less according to the most recent United States decennial census.

F. For purposes of this section:

1. "Discriminatory transaction privilege tax" means any transaction privilege tax rate imposed by a city or town on hospitality industry businesses which is above the transaction privilege tax rate imposed by a city or town equally on all businesses subject to a transaction privilege tax.

2. "Hospitality industry businesses" means:

(a) A restaurant, bar, hotel, motel, liquor store, grocery store, convenience store or recreational vehicle park.

(b) A motor vehicle rental agency in a county stadium district which has imposed the car rental surcharge pursuant to section 48-4234.