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(A) The city hereby adopts a three percent (3%) transient room tax to take effect January 1, 1986, as provided herein.
(B) Pursuant to KRS 91A.390, the room tax shall be assessed on a quarterly basis payable on the twentieth of each month for the prior quarter.
(C) The city shall, as set out in the statutes, collect the room tax and the Tax Administrator and the City Attorney shall be responsible for its collection in the event that it is not timely submitted.
(D) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to operate a hotel or motel within this city without a hotel and motel license. Such license shall be issued by the Tax Administrator on an annual basis which shall expire on December 31 of each year. The license shall be displayed in the registration office in public view. Any person, firm or corporation who violates any provision of this division (D) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisoned for not more than fifty (50) days, or both, for each offense. Each day in which any such violation occurs shall constitute a separate offense. The fines and imprisonment provided for herein shall be in addition to remedies provided for in division (E).
(E) No hotel and motel license for the operation of a hotel or motel shall be issued to any person, firm or corporation, who or which is delinquent in the payment of the tax at the time of issuing said license. All delinquent taxes shall bear interest at the rate of one and one half percent (1-1/2%) per month until paid. The city shall be entitled to a lien upon any property owned or leased by any person, firm or corporation who is delinquent in the payment of the tax due from the city after thirty (30) days or upon the property in which the hotel or motel is located by filing a notice of lien with the Pike County Court Clerk's Office. The city shall be entitled to recover all of its costs and expenses, including attorney fee, incurred in connection with the collection of any delinquent taxes. The city may revoke or suspend the hotel or motel license of any hotel or motel delinquent in the payment of the tax due the city after thirty (30) days.
(F) The city shall retain and shall not disburse to the Tourism Commission any amount equal to five percent (5%) of the transient room tax collected by the city to cover administrative costs of billing and collecting the tax.
(G) The city may revoke or suspend the liquor license issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator of any hotel or motel which is delinquent in the payment of the tax due hereunder to the city after thirty (30) days or in such cases where the hotel and/or motel's occupational license has not been renewed or revoked by the city. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator is further authorized and directed hereby to consider previous tax delinquency of the tax imposed hereunder before issuing or reissuing any alcoholic beverage license to the delinquent individual, business or corporation and in cases where the individual, business or corporation has been repeatedly delinquent in the payment of the tax imposed hereunder, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator shall not renew, reissue or issue an alcoholic beverage license to such individual, business or corporation.
(Ord. 0-92-011, passed 5-27-92; Am. Ord. 0-2011-018, passed 6-13-11; Am. Ord. 0-2011-025, passed 8-8-11)