2009-03-04 / Front Page

County treasurer proposing hotel/ motel tax to effect only Port Mansfield

Willacy County Treasurer Ruben Cavazos is proposing a plan to launch a 7% hotel motel tax in the county. Cavazos put the item on the agenda for a special county meeting Friday, March 6 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be in the Commissioners Courtroom at 576 West Main Street.

Cavazos says that had the county tax been in place for the past four years approximately $100,000 could have been brought in for county projects.

The City of Raymondville has a hotel/motel tax and the rate is 5%. According to city manager Eleazar "Yogi" Garcia each of the city's major hotels generates about $60,000 in taxes per quarter based on room occupancy year.

Cavazos says city hotels will not be affected by his proposal because state law does not allow the county to tax hotels in cities where the city already has a tax.

As a result the only Willacy establishments required to collect the county's proposed hotel/motel occupancy tax would be operators in Port Mansfield who rent out property.

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