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February 27, 2008

The Pacific Grove (Calif.) city council will hold a special session this week to consider a 20 percent increase in the city's transient occupancy tax. If the measure is approved by the council this week and by voters in June, the tax would increase from 10 to 12 percent. The additional monies raised are expected to bring in an extra $600,000 for the city, $240,000 of which would go to the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which the city joined last December. According to city director of management and budgets Jim Becklenberg, the tax increase would add some relief to the city's recent budgetary problems and would help restore important business services that have been been cut.