One of eastern Carolina's biggest cities wants to generate revenue by taxing people when they rent hotel rooms or other lodging.
A bill is on the state house calendar to create a three-percent occupancy tax in Jacksonville. The bill says the city will turn the money from the tax over to the Jacksonville Tourism Development Authority. Two-thirds would go to promoting travel and tourism in Jacksonville. The other third would go to tourism-related expenditures.
North Topsail Beach has an occupancy tax that is used for beach nourishment.