Va. Beach considers hotel tax hike to pay for arena

Va. Beach considers hotel tax hike to pay for arena

Va. Beach considers hotel tax hike to pay for arena

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Associated Press

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 3 at 2:52 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH(AP) -- Virginia Beach officials are considering increasing the city's hotel tax to help pay for a proposed arena.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the proposed hotel tax hike is included in a draft report that will be presented to the City Council on Tuesday. The tax would be increased by 1 percentage point to 14 percent.

The city is debating whether to build an 18,500-seat arena near the oceanfront in hopes of attracting an NBA or NHL team to town.

Virginia Beach has been working since August with Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company Comcast-Spectator on the possibility of relocating a pro franchise. President and CEO Peter Luukko is scheduled to make a formal presentation to the council Tuesday.

Comcast-Spectator has agreed to pay $35 million toward the arena's construction costs.

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