Texas Hotel and Lodging Association


Council hears tax rules

City councilmen got a refresher course in Hotel/Motel tax usage from an attorney during the Monday, Aug. 27 meeting. Brian Sullivan, one of three attorneys for the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association, discussed rules and uses per state law regarding this revenue. “Every expenditure of hotel tax money must directly enhance and promote tourism,” said Sullivan. Sullivan explained there are eight different uses for the hotel tax money in Fairfield, including convention centers, advertising and promotion, and historical restoration. Although the state charges 6 percent tax, Fairfield also receives an additional 7 percent tax bringing the city’s total hotel tax revenue to 13 percent. In order to use that revenue, the city must spend it on events promoting tourism. Sullivan describes a tourist as anyone from outside the city or county. The different uses for the revenue are:


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