The proposed increase in the city hotel occupancy tax, which would go toward a Downtown baseball stadium, has created a hot debate between hotel managers and stadium supporters. Proponents of the stadium feel that the increase would ease the burden on the taxpayer while still keeping El Paso hotel rates among the lowest in the state.
Representatives of the Hotel/Motel Association say the high tax rate, known as the HOT tax, would hurt businesses and force them to pay for a stadium that doesn’t benefit them.
A group of private investors, including local businessmen Woody Hunt and Paul Foster, are trying to bring a Triple-A baseball team to El Paso. For that to happen, the city must agree to build the stadium.
Gardner Hotel, one of the oldest Hotels in the Downtown El Paso area, is right in the middle of this debate. Gardner could experience a substantial increase of revenue from the additional business the stadium could create. Do you think the trade off is worth it?
Leave your comments below and sound off on this HOT Tax Debate!
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