By The Associated Press

Cities from across Arizona are teaming up in hopes of getting tax payments that they contend have been unpaid for years by Web-based travel companies.

The Arizona Republic reports that the dispute is over whether the travel websites should be taxed on the amount they pay a hotel for rooms versus the higher price a consumer pays when buying online.

The cities contend that they are deprived of precious revenue when the travel companies owe them tax money.

Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and Tucson are among the cities looking to jointly take the companies to court.