To no avail, North Little Rock (Ark.) hotel owners opposing a one percentage point increase in the city’s lodging tax showed up in force to the city council chambers Monday (Oct. 23).

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, city council members voted 5-1, with one absent and one abstaining, to implement the new tax, effective Jan. 1, for hotel and motel rooms, bed-and-breakfast businesses, campgrounds and three RV parks in North Little Rock.

The increase will raise the city’s lodging tax to 4%. When added to other state, Pulaski County and city taxes, the total tax for a hotel guest, for example, will be 15.5%. The total rate in neighboring Little Rock is 15%.

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