A 3 percent hotel tax already being collected in some parts of New Jersey’s Meadowlands region will be expanded beginning today as a result of the budget Gov. Phil Murphy signed July 1.
The Meadowlands Regional Hotel Use Assessment will now be assessed on any hotel room located within one of the 14 communities that have territory in the environmentally protected Meadowlands District. A prior version of the tax required only hotels within the district itself to apply the tax.
The 30-square-mile district, created in 1969 to shield the ecosystem from overdevelopment, encompasses Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Jersey City, Kearny, Little Ferry, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, North Arlington, Ridgefield, Rutherford, Secaucus, South Hackensack and Teterboro.
Patrons will have to pay the 3 percent tax on top of a sales tax, hotel/motel state occupancy fee and the municipal occupancy fee, according to a notice from the state treasurer’s office.
The sales tax and hotel/motel occupancy fee will be levied on Airbnb and other room-sharing services starting Oct. 1.
The collected tax revenue is pooled into an intermunicipal account, part of a municipal tax-sharing agreement aimed at helping the economy of poorer-performing towns.