TPPF Report: Hotel Occupancy Taxes are Theft
"For the former governors that were before me, had been chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver: yea, and their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God."
This is personally relevant. We just spent three days up in Arlington. The combined taxes increased the cost of our hotel by about 30%.
We also learned a few interesting points: The state level hotel occupancy tax helps fund the Governor's various "major event" slush funds. The Dallas convention center is one of the major recipients of local hotel occupancy taxes. The notion of levying a tax to promote "economic development" is ass-backwards to begin with. Finally, no discussion of hotel occupancy taxes is complete without recalling how Ellen Troxclair's MASTERFULLY outmaneuvered Mayor Adler last year. Bottom Line: Hotel Occupancy Taxes should be abolished statewide. u