Funding for a code-enforcement task force and an increase in the hotel tax were among the changes approved in the final operating budget adopted by the City Council Monday night for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
The task force will consist of two officers now working in building and property code enforcement, two additional officers, a deputy city attorney to prosecute violators, and two staff people, said Finance Director Robert Norquist. The cost of the task force, including computer and office equipment is $260,000.
"This group will encourage and promote Culver City as a nicer, cleaner place to live and work by making sure property is kept up to a certain level and deterioration doesn't set in," Norquist said.
The council also approved an increase in the transient occupancy tax--the city's levy on hotel and motel rooms--to 12% from 10%.