Exceprt from the IslandPacket.com: The Town of Hilton Head Island last week netted more than $300,000 in a settlement resolving a dispute with a dozen discount travel websites over local taxes paid on hotel rooms. The town announced the details Monday after Town Council voted April 19 to settle its suit against national online hotel booking sites, including Hotels.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity.com and Priceline.com. The online resellers of hotel rooms agreed to pay $562,500, with the town retaining $348,143 after attorneys' fees and expenses. In a series of lawsuits, Hilton Head and other South Carolina municipalities claimed companies were not paying the correct amount of accommodations taxes. The town charges 3 percent in local accommodations taxes on short-term lodging and gets a share of the state's 2 percent bed tax. The tax money is used on tourism-related expenses, such as beach renourisment, festivals, events and marketing the island. The settlement comes after the S.C. Supreme Court established in January that the total amount charged a person by booking sites for short-term lodging, including fees and charges, is the sum on which taxes are owed. Mayor Drew Laughlin said the court decision expedited the settlement with the town.