New Orleans should reap the benefits of its booming tourism industry, reflected in higher hotel-motel tax revenues, officials say
New Orleans City Council member Diana Bajoie says the city ought to be getting a greater share of revenues from the hotel-motel tax.
The tax is 13 percent, but the city's share is only one and a half percent.
"I think a lot of folks were under the assumption that the city was getting a lot more than that, and so I just think that it is something that we really need to, probably at some stage, sit down and revisit with our legislators," Bajoie said.
Some officials blame the cuts in the proposed 2013 city budget partly on the city's low share of hotel-motel tax revenues.
The issue was discussed Monday at a special meeting of the City Council to receive the mayor's proposed budget for next year.