Cost of staying in Ocean City may increase as Worcester Co. considers room tax hike

lifeguard in Ocean City
A lifeguard watches the ocean in Ocean City, Maryland. (WTOP/Colleen Kelleher)

Staying in Maryland’s Ocean City could get more expensive at the start of 2020.

The room tax you pay may go up to 5% from 4.5%.

Worcester County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposal Aug. 20.

You pay county room taxes for any hotel, motel or condo you rent in Worcester County. Plus, you pay state sales taxes of 6%.

The cost for a $200 a night room at a hotel would go up from $221 to $222, if the combined taxes increase from the current 10.5% to 11%. Someone paying $1,000 for a rental would pay $110 in taxes, instead of the current $105.

The extra money generated would help cover the cost of special events in the Maryland resort.

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