TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is filing a lawsuit to stop what he calls an illegal tax being charged by the city of Tampa.
The Republican legislator announced the lawsuit Thursday. The lawsuit is part of a series of moves Corcoran announced to go after local economic development and local tourism marketing agencies.
Tampa enacted a “tourism marketing assessment” earlier this year. Hotels in the Ybor City and downtown area add a $1.50 per night charge on each room.
Corcoran said local officials were “spitting in the face of the constitution” by enacting the fee without legislative authority.
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn defended the fee and suggested Corcoran was doing it to draw attention to a possible campaign for governor. Buckhorn called it part of an “assault” by the Legislature on local governments.