I think your confusing the resort charge with sales tax Resort charge is priced up and charged by the hotel themselves it has nothing to do with the city The sales tax is enforced by the city but that applies to anything you buy in Las Vegas
Don't care how it comes about. IF IT'S PAYABLE, YOU NEED TO BE MADE AWARE OF THE CHARGE. If you were not warned clearly, stress clearly, you would have a strong case against the tour operator. Simon Calder and others have written on this (and it's a city tax, not a hotel tax in Las Vegas)
Yet still hits 300c This site and their ‘magic’ 100 confuses the hell out of me.
Stratosphere is fine. Not crazy about the area around it. I prefer the South End of the strip so I don't need the bus. If you 'build' you own deal with Norwegian and Luxor/Excalibur or Flamingo on the North strip you can get the same price. It is cold at night ,but in the day the 15-20 Celsius is dry and sunny. Makes a difference! Added Heat anyway - good deal. NYE is Vegas must be insane!!
Personally found the Stratosphere a great and fun place to stay a few years ago and perfectly located for the inexpensive Deuce buses that constantly run the length of the strip up to Fremont downtown.