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  67.1000.  Transient guests to pay tax on sleeping rooms in hotels and motels, purpose to fund convention and visitors bureau, any county and certain cities — limitation on tax, certain cities and counties. — 1.  The governing body of the following cities and counties may impose a tax as provided in this section:

  (1)  Any county;

  (2)  Any city which is the county seat of any county or which now or hereafter has a population of more than three thousand five hundred inhabitants and which has heretofore been authorized by the general assembly;

  (3)  Any city or county with more than three hundred fifty hotel and motel rooms within the boundaries of such city or county;

  (4)  Any other city which has a population of more than eighteen thousand and less than forty-five thousand inhabitants located in a county of the first classification with a population over two hundred thousand adjacent to a county of the first classification with a population over nine hundred thousand.

  2.  The governing body of any city or county listed in subsection 1 of this section may impose a tax on the charges for all sleeping rooms paid by the transient guests of hotels or motels situated in the city or county, which shall be not more than five percent per occupied room per night, except that such tax shall not become effective unless the governing body of the city or county submits to the voters of the city or county at an election permitted under section 115.123 a proposal to authorize the governing body of the city or county to impose a tax under the provisions of this section and section 67.1002.  The tax authorized by this section and section 67.1002 shall be in addition to the charge for the sleeping room and shall be in addition to any and all taxes imposed by law and the proceeds of such tax shall be used by the city or county solely for funding a convention and visitors bureau which shall be a general not-for-profit organization with whom the city or county has contracted, and which is established for the purpose of promoting the city or county as a convention, visitor and tourist center.  Such tax shall be stated separately from all other charges and taxes.

  3.  As used in this section and section 67.1002, the term "transient guests" means a person or persons who occupy a room or rooms in a hotel or motel for thirty-one days or less during any calendar quarter, except that in any county of the third classification without a township form of government and with more than forty-one thousand one hundred but fewer than forty-one thousand two hundred inhabitants, "transient guests" means a person or persons who occupy a room or rooms in a hotel or motel for ninety days or less during any calendar quarter.

  4.  Provisions of this section to the contrary notwithstanding, the governing body of any home rule city with more than thirty-nine thousand six hundred but fewer than thirty-nine thousand seven hundred inhabitants and partially located in any county of the first classification with more than seventy-one thousand three hundred but fewer than seventy-one thousand four hundred inhabitants may impose a tax on the charges for all sleeping rooms paid by the transient guests of hotels or motels situated in the city, which shall be not more than seven percent per occupied room per night, except that such tax shall not become effective unless the governing body of such city submits to the voters of the city at an election permitted under section 115.123 a proposal to authorize the governing body of the city to impose a tax under the provisions of this subsection and section 67.1002.  The tax authorized by this subsection and section 67.1002 shall be in addition to the charge for the sleeping room and shall be in addition to any and all taxes imposed by law and the proceeds of such tax shall be used by the city solely for funding a convention and visitors bureau which shall be a general not-for-profit organization with whom the city has contracted, and which is established for the purpose of promoting the city as a convention, visitor, and tourist center.  Such tax shall be stated separately from all other charges and taxes.

  5.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the tax authorized in this section shall not be imposed by the following cities or counties:

  (1)  Any city or county already imposing a tax solely on the charges for sleeping rooms paid by the transient guests of hotels or motels situated in any such city or county under any other law of this state;

  (2)  Any city not already imposing a tax under this section and that is located in whole or partially within a county that already imposes a tax solely on the charges for sleeping rooms paid by the transient guests of hotels or motels situated in such county under this section or any other law of this state; or

  (3)  Any county not already imposing a tax under this section and that has a city located in whole or in part within its boundaries that already imposes a tax solely on the charges for sleeping rooms paid by the transient guests of hotels or motels situated in such city under this section or any other law of this state.

  6.  This section shall not be construed as repealing any taxes levied by any city or county on transient guests as permitted under this chapter or chapter 94 as of August 28, 2011.

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(L. 1991 H.B. 25 § 1 subsec. 1, A.L. 1996 H.B. 1237, A.L. 1997 S.B. 155, A.L. 1997 2d Ex. Sess. H.B. 3, A.L. 1998 S.B. 820 and H.B. 1587,  A.L. 2007 H.B. 795 merged with S.B. 22, A.L. 2010 H.B. 1442 merged with S.B. 644, A.L. 2011 H.B. 161)


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