POSTED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:05pm
El Paso, TX — City Councilors announced public comment for the controversial Hotel Motel Tax will be next week.
As early as January 2, 2013 City Council will enact the so-called Hot Tax, the additional 2 percent hotel room tax that's designed to help build a downtown baseball stadium
It contains some tough language about fines for hotels that don't pay on time, criminal action, even the city's option to close a hotel until they pay all of its room taxes.
The next step is the opportunity for you to speak about the Hot Tax in front of council.
That will be December 12, and you need to get there by 8:30 A.M. in order to sign up as a speaker.
City Councilor Susie Byrd says perceived "harsh language" on the ordinance proposal isn't out of the ordinary, " that's not unusual, it's like property taxes, just the regular language supplied by the state code to supply the city municipalities to garner a hotel motel tax."