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Bed tax moves forward

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The SLO City Council has voted to take a step toward establishing a city tourism district--a step that could result in a new tax on hotel and motel stays.

The roughly $1 million per year expected from such a tax would be used to promote more tourism in the city.

With the 5-0 vote, the city is wading into a longstanding debate over whether area tourism should be promoted on a countywide basis or by individual cities.

The SLO County Board of Supervisors is set to consider plans for a separate tourism district--without SLO, Pismo Beach, or Paso Robles participating--in September.

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