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Q&A: Sorting out the hotel tax dispute

Q&A: Sorting out the hotel tax dispute

As visitors flock to Orlando in historic numbers, the region's two most powerful mayors are at odds over how to use Orange County's soaring hotel-tax collections.

The crux of the debate is that Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange Mayor Teresa Jacobs don't agree on how much money is available for the spending proposals recently put forward by tourism industry leaders.

Jacobs argues too many tax dollars are already tied up paying off debt. Dyer says tourist dollars are coming in so quickly that local governments can take on even more debt, and pay it off, to finish prized projects such as the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Here's a breakdown of...