With little visible opposition, the City Council this week gave initial approval to a half-percentage-point hike in the hotel tax.
The higher tax on guests' bills--50 cents on a $100 tab--is expected to generate $200,000 more for the city. The new 12.5% tax includes a levy that helps fund the West Hollywood Marketing Corp., the city's tourist bureau.
The vote was 4 to 1. Mayor Sal Guarriello voted no, saying he had gotten calls from hotel operators opposed to the increase.
In June, the council ditched a proposed utility tax intended to cover a feared local shortfall resulting from state budget cuts. The state cuts were less severe than expected and the utility tax was not needed, but the hotel tax stayed.