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Burlington goes after online hotel reservation companies

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The city of Burlington is going after online hotel reservation companies for unpaid taxes.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says the city is owed hundreds of thousands of dollars for rooms booked online, and could collect tens of thousands of dollars a year moving forward.

Right now, sites like Hotwire and Kayak don't charge rooms taxes. Lawsuits have been filed against online booking agencies. The city has been looking at other states who have taken similar action.

"What we're doing is we're doing our homework, we're doing the research, we're analyzing what the liability is. We have some examples to look to in other communities. There are numerous municipalities that have taken this kind of action around the country; many of them have been successful. So, we're doing our homework to be able to file a claim properly," said Weinberger, D-Burlington.

Weinberger says this tax would significantly help the city continue to grow and level the playing field for hotels in Burlington.

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