Area hotels oppose the new 2% Gonzales Hotel Sales Tax

Hotels in Ascension Parish are taking an active against the City of Gonzales proposal to add an additional 2% occupancy tax to local hotels.

According to various hotel members of Ascension Lodging, the new tax is bad for tourism, bad for business and bad for Gonzales.

The proposed tax is estimated to raise $500,000 for the construction and operation of a new civic center. However, many experts in the tourism industry doubt this will be enough annually to pay for the construction and operation of the facility.

If there is a shortfall, then the Gonzales taxpayers will be responsible for making up the difference.

Ascension Lodging has listed their initial 10 reasons this is a bad tax for Gonzales.

  1. A “Build it and They Will Come” is too big of a gamble for the Gonzales Taxpayers.
  2. The $500,000 raised annually may not be enough to bond the construction of the hotel and pay for the operating costs.
  3. If the $500,000 does not meet the operation and construction needs then the Gonzales Citizens will be responsible for making up the difference.
  4. This tax is a forever tax.
  5. The hotels are already filled during the week from the petro-chemical industry.
  6. The proposed site is already congested with local traffic and this will cause major traffic delays.
  7. A feasibility study was never presented.
  8. When sales taxes go up, corporate and group travelers will stay in the adjoining parishes and just visit without staying here.
  9. Less overnight visitors to Gonzales means less money for our restaurants and stores and a loss of sales tax revenue for the City of Gonzales.
  10. The Ascension Hospitality Management Association members oppose the new sales tax.

Early voting is scheduled for Nov. 24 – Dec. 1 and Election Day is Saturday, Dec. 8.

All area hotels and tourism officials are encouraging the voting public to not gamble with the local tourism industry and vote NO for the 2% Tax Increase.

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