A random sample of 24 of 277 New Orleans hotels subject to the city's hotel tax found a total of $145,000 in unpaid taxes, including penalties and interest, over a three-month period in 2010.

The report by inspector general Ed Quatrevaux said the total was higher than expected. Of the hotels surveyed, 15 did not remit the correct amount of tax and fees. Three hotels collected the tax but did not pay the city.

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