The City Council has decided to wait until the Nov. 8 national election to place on the ballot a measure seeking voter approval of an increase in the hotel bed tax.
The increase, from 7% to 11%, was imposed in October, 1986, but a state proposition also approved that year requires that any new general tax be approved by voters. Taxing bodies, such as the city, have two years to gain voter approval.
However, it is unclear whether the law requiring voter approval applies to tax increases, according to city finance Director Donald J. Oblander.
Oblander said several cities have filed suit challenging the law's constitutionality. The City of Westminster lost the first round in its suit recently but has appealed to the state Appellate Court.