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Summary: HB 1908 would cap the combined hotel occupancy tax rate (meaning the sum of the various state, county, and municipal rates) that hotel customers have to pay at 17% of a hotel room’s price. HB 1908 also requires counties and municipalities, at ballot initiatives to increase a hotel occupancy tax, to inform voters what the proposed county or municipality rate would be and what the total combined rate would be if the ballot succeeds.
Analysis: HB 1908 limits government by capping the amount of revenue Texas governments can draw from hotel occupancy tax rates, and promotes the property rights of hotel room purchasers by limiting the amount of resources government can take from them for buying hotel rooms. Moreover, HB 1908 promotes transparency at the local level by requiring county and municipal governments to inform voters of the total hotel occupancy rate burden they would have to bear if a ballot succeeds. Vote “yes,” on HB 1908.