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Pennsylvania localities discuss use of hotel tax earnings

August 4, 2013
By Melissa Daniels , PA Independent

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania counties took in about $144 million from hotel taxes in 2012, but where that money goes largely depends on where it was collected. Allegheny County - Pittsburgh - collected more than $29 million in hotel taxes in 2012, coming from its 7 percent local tax on hotel rooms. A majority of those dollars went to pay debt service to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, while some went to promotional agencies, including VisitPittsburgh, according to state data.

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