Arlington Welcomes Passage of Transient Occupancy Tax Bills

Published on March 01, 2016

Arlington Board Chair Libby Garvey, on behalf of the Arlington County Board, today welcomed the Virginia General Assembly's approval of two bills patroned by State Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Patrick Hope to reauthorize the 0.25% transient occupancy tax (TOT) surcharge for Arlington. This guest-paid tax on hotel rooms is dedicated to funding travel and tourism promotion for Arlington.

"We want to thank the General Assembly for reauthorizing this important funding source for travel and tourism promotion." Garvey said. "It is a vital tool for the County as we compete to bring more visitors to Arlington and the Commonwealth. Visitor spending in Arlington generated nearly $81 million in local tax receipts and $108 million in state tax receipts in 2014.

"Our appreciation goes to Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Patrick Hope for their tireless efforts moving this legislation forward. We also thank the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, its Hotel General Managers Committee, Arlington's hospitality community and the broader Arlington business community for their active involvement and support.

"This was truly a bipartisan effort, as evidenced by the final vote tallies showing the bills passed by larger than needed majorities, and we appreciate Board Member John Vihstadt's work reaching out to the Republican leadership as the bills were being considered. We look forward to the bills' anticipated signing into law by Governor McAuliffe."