CERTIFIED MAIL -RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Re: Transient Occupancy Tax Exemption Dear Ms. Lahr:
The National Credit Union Administration ("NCUA"), an agency of the United States government, has entered into a Booking Contract, dated October 15, 1991, for a block of rooms in your hotel on November 11 and 12, 1992 (enclosed). It is our understanding that when hotel rents are directly paid by the United States government, or its respective instrumentalities (such as NCUA), that the City of San Diego Transient Occupancy Tax is not due. City of San Diego Municipal Code, ch. III, art. 5, ~35.0111.
NCUA meets all of the municipal requirements for this exemption. Firstly, NCUA is an agency of the United States government. See 12 U.S.C. ~1752a ("There is hereby established in the executive branch of the [U.S.] Government an independent agency to be known as the National Credit Union Administration.") (enclosed). Secondly, NCUA will pay by a master purchase order directly issued by the NCUA in Washington, D.C. NCUA meets the test set forth in the Notice to Hotel Operators Subject to Transient Occupancy Tax ("T.O.T."); namely, that since it "contracts directly with a hotel by the use of a purchase order issued before a transient occupies the hotel room and that government agency is then billed and pays the hotel for the room, [that] the T.O.T. will not be charged to the transient and need not be paid by the hotel operator."
I understand from Martin Conrey, Staff Attorney, that you have graciously consented to act on our behalf with the City of San Diego regarding this matter, for which we are grateful. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mr. Conrey (202-682-9630). Please let us know when this matter is settled.
Secretary of the Board