State Representative Matt Gurtler (R-Tiger) has filed a bill in the Georgia General Assembly that would repeal the $5.00 nightly hotel tax that was passed with HB 170 two years ago. HB 364 has 15 co-sponsors and would simply remove the entire code section dealing with the hotel excise tax and thus eliminating the tax completely.
HB 170 was the Transportation Funding Act of 2015, which was a bill to increase transportation funding by raising the state’s excise tax on gasoline to $0.26 cents per gallon and $0.29 per gallon on diesel. The intent of the legislation was to raise almost 900 million dollars a year in revenue to be spent on transportation needs in Georgia.
A last-minute inclusion to the transportation bill, was a $5.00 nightly surcharge on hotel stays, which was predicted to raise 150 million dollars a year. The hotel portion of the tax has been of particular concern to border counties, who were concerned about the impact on tourism.
Prior to his election, Rep. Gurtler had been an outspoken opponent of HB 170 and in particular the hotel tax. During his campaign he promised to submit legislation to repeal the hotel tax and in HB 364 he has delivered on his promise.