Beer, food and other beverages can be distributed from refrigerators inside hotel rooms under an ordinance unanimously passed Tuesday by the Salt Lake City Council.

Two weeks ago the council tabled the draft ordinance, endorsed by the Utah Hotel & Motel Association, to determine what it would cost for city police officers to monitor the beer's distribution inside hotels.At the same time, the Legislature was considering a bill that eventually failed that would have eliminated the city's 1 percent hotel room tax and taken $675,000 from city coffers.

Hotel representatives called the move to table the ordinance political, a charge denied by Councilman Godfrey, who made the motion to table the ordinance.

But Godfrey on Tuesday said the council staff found the ordinance would not be too costly to enforce because of a $10 fee charged for each refrigerator to be filled with beer.