Mayor: Cut Budgets 7% More! Council: Tax Tourists 0.875% More!
The council, meanwhile, is considering a bill that would add 0.875 percent to the current 5 percent city hotel tax. The Hotel Association of New York City says this will "devastate" their business. Christine Quinn supports the bill; the Mayor hasn't expressed an opinion yet. (The hotel tax in Washington, D.C. is 14.5 percent, and Philadelphia's is 8.2.)