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A bill that would allow York County commissioners, and other county commissioners in the state, to increase a tax charged on renting hotel rooms, cleared a Pennsylvania Senate committee on Wednesday and now heads to the floor for a vote.

The long-discussed proposal, House Bill 794, would allow county commissioners to increase the hotel tax from 3 percent to 5 percent, bringing York County on par with the rate levied on hotel rooms in surrounding counties.

If a new bill is passed and county commissioners approve the tax increase to the full 5 percent rate, county tourism officials project an increase of $700,000 in revenue, bringing the total to $2.6 million yearly.

About $850,000 of that would be used for a tourism grant fund, which would be distributed annually to several organizations. Another portion would go to one of the largest tourist destinations, the York Expo Center.

The remaining money would be used to promote tourism efforts

Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-Hellam Township, introduced the bill earlier this year. The House previously approved the measure by a 136 to 57 vote in June.

A previous version of the proposal nearly passed last year but died as the session came to a close.

Check back later for additional details.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.

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