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Bellevue raises hotel tax from 5 percent to 5.5 percent

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — It will soon cost more to stay in Bellevue hotels.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1RPdtX0 ) that the Bellevue City Council voted Monday to raise the city's lodging tax from 5 percent to 5.5 percent, putting Bellevue on par with Omaha's rate.

Other Omaha suburbs, like La Vista and Papillion, have a 5 percent hotel tax.

Bellevue's hotel tax increase is expected to bring an additional $40,000 into the city each year. The hike is part of the city's business plan to finance a 25,000-square-foot convention center and hotel under construction and scheduled to open next year.

Bellevue has a dozen hotels. City finance documents show that in fiscal year 2015, the current lodging tax generated more than $424,000 for the city.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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