Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck 8-12-2003 by Ord. No. 2014. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Hotels and boardinghouses — See Ch. 160.

§ 161-1 Purpose.

It is the purpose of this chapter to implement the provisions of P.L. 2003, c. 114 (N.J.S.A. 40:48F-1), which authorizes the governing body of a municipality to adopt an ordinance imposing a tax at a uniform percentage rate not to exceed 1% on charges of rent for every hotel or motel occupancy on or after July 1, 2003, but before July 1, 2004, and not to exceed 3% on charges of rent for every such occupancy on or after July 1, 2004, of a room or rooms in a hotel or motel subject to taxation pursuant to Subsection (d) of Section 3 of P.L. 1966, c. 40 (N.J.S.A. 54:32B-3) which shall be in addition to any other tax or fee imposed pursuant to statute or local ordinance or resolution by any governmental entity upon the occupancy of a hotel room.

§ 161-2 Imposition of tax.

There is hereby imposed a hotel and motel room occupancy tax in the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights which shall be fixed at a uniform percentage rate of 1% on charges of rent for every occupancy of a hotel or motel room in the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights on or after October 1, 2003, but before July 1, 2004, and 3% on charges of rent for every occupancy of a hotel or motel room in the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights on or after July 1, 2004, of a room or rooms in a hotel subject to taxation pursuant to Subsection (d) of Section 3 of P.L. 1966, c. 40, N.J.S.A. 54:32B-3 (sales tax).

§ 161-3 Tax in addition to any other tax or fee.

The hotel and motel room occupancy tax shall be in addition to any other tax or fee imposed pursuant to statute or local ordinance or resolution by any governmental entity upon the occupancy of a hotel room.

§ 161-4 Statutory requirements.

In accordance with the requirements of P.L. 2003, c. 114 (N.J.S.A. 40:48F-1):
A. 
All taxes imposed by this chapter shall be paid by the purchaser;
B. 
A vendor shall not assume or absorb any tax imposed by this chapter;
C. 
A vendor shall not in any manner advertise or hold out to any person or to the public in general, in any manner, directly or indirectly, that the tax will be assumed or absorbed by the vendor, that the tax will not be separately charged and stated to the customer or that the tax will be refunded to the customer; and
D. 
Each assumption or absorption by a vendor of the tax shall be deemed a separate offense and each representation or advertisement by a vendor the each day that the representation or advertisement continues shall be deemed a separate offense.

§ 161-5 Collection of tax.

The tax imposed by this chapter shall be collected on behalf of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights by the person collecting the rent from the hotel or motel customer. Each person required to collect the tax herein imposed shall be personally liable for the tax imposed, collected or required to be collected hereunder. Any such person shall have the same right in respect to collecting the tax from a customer as if the tax were a part of the rent and payable at the same time; provided that the Chief Financial Officer of the Borough shall be joined as a party in any action or proceeding brought to collect the tax.[1]
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Editor’s Note: Former § 161-6, Violations and penalties, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 2-10-2009 by Ord. No. 2201. See now Ch. 204, Penalties.