Honorable Joe Straus, Speaker of the House, House of Representatives
John S O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB1315 by Aliseda (Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.), As Passed 2nd House
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City of Longview
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City of Tyler
The bill would amend Chapter 351 of the Tax Code, regarding municipal hotel occupancy taxes.
Section 1 of the bill would allow certain municipalities to use revenue from the municipal hotel occupancy tax for business recruitment projects to substantially enhance hotel activity and encourage tourism and to construct, enlarge, equip, improve, maintain, repair, and operate a recreational facility.
A qualifying municipality must have a population of at least 3,500 but less than 5,500, and be the
county seat of a county with a population of less than 50,000 that borders a county with a population
of more than 1.6 million; or a population of at least 2,900 but less than 3,500, and be the county seat
located in a county with a population of less than 22,000 that is bordered by the Trinity River and
includes a state park and a portion of a wildlife management area.
Section 2 of the bill would set the maximum allowable municipal hotel occupancy tax rate at 9 percent of the price paid for a room for a municipality with a population greater than 95,000 located in a county with a population greater than 200,000 that borders Lake Palestine.
Section 2 of the bill would set the maximum allowable municipal hotel occupancy tax rate at 9 percent of the price paid for a room for a municipality with a population of at least 80,000 that is partially located in a county that borders the state of Louisiana and has a population of at least 60,000.
For the municipalities affected by Section 2 of this bill, all revenue received from the application of the tax imposed by this chapter at a rate of more than 7 percent of the price paid for a room in a hotel must be allocated for the construction, expansion, maintenance, or operation of convention center facilities.
The bill would take effect immediately, assuming it receives the requisite two thirds majority votes in both houses of the Legislature. Otherwise, it would take effect September 1, 2011.
The cities of Jourdanton and Fairfield would qualify, based on the provisions in Section 1 of the bill. For an applicable municipality, an additional usage of hotel occupancy tax revenue would have no direct fiscal impact. It could affect how a municipality uses revenue collected from the municipal hotel occupancy tax.
According to the Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA), the cities of Longview and Tyler would be the only eligible municipalities that would meet the criteria in Section 2 of the bill.
For the purpose of this estimate, CPA gathered data on hotel receipts for Longview and Tyler subject to the state hotel occupancy tax from tax files, and multiplied the receipts by 2 percent (the difference between the current 7 percent rate the cities can levy under the Chapter's general provisions and the maximum rate should the bill become law) to determine the maximum potential gains to the cities.
CPA reports the fiscal implications for Longview and Tyler cannot be determined as the tax rates that might be set by the cities and the timing of any changes are unknown. However, for illustrative purposes this analysis shows the fiscal impact should Longview and Tyler adopt the maximum 9 percent municipal hotel occupancy tax rate at the earliest date permissible.
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JOB, KKR, SD, AG