The difference between us and El Paso is striking.
Our room tax is 6% according to NSS
El Paso's will rise from 15.5 percent to 17.5 percent
I don't have any figures but I do wonder how our 6% rate stacks up against average room occupancy taxes nationwide.
As I have pointed out they DID survey down town businesses and decided that raising the ROT wasn't a good idea.
Because the hoteliers or the visitor's bureau didn't want it?
Of course, THAT is the real reason - and that is also the reason why the PRO side claimed to have all that business "support".....they said "OK, we won't tax you, will you support it then?"
This is the exact same argument we have - build it but don't tax us.
A very small group of people basically attempted to dictate where the funding was to come from.........
Additionally El Paso has a Durham problem. Their down town is a mess and the stadium is a small part of a $600M rebuilding project. It will be interesting to watch.
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