- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

ARLIGNTON, Va. (AP) - Visitors to Arlington County will soon pay a little bit more for hotel rooms.

The Arlington County Board voted Saturday to approve a 0.25 percent increase in the transient occupancy tax on hotel rooms beginning in July. The county already charges a 5 percent lodging tax.

The 0.25 percent tax was in place from 1990 until 2011, when it expired.

County officials say the tax will yield $1.25 million in funds in fiscal year 2017 that will be dedicated to promoting travel and tourism in the area.

Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey said that will provide economic benefits not just for Arlington but the entire state.

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