Va Beach Considers Hotel Tax Hike to Pay for Arena

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

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

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/VqYGGG ) 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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