Lafayette

Mar 18, 2014 12:00 PM by Ian Auzenne

Legislature considering hotel taxes for Carencro, Scott

A hotel tax proposal for Carencro is making its way through the state legislature and is headed for the full House.

House Bill 255 was approved by a committee on Thursday. Rep. Stephen Ortego (D-Carencro) is says he is bringing the bill on behalf of Carencro mayor Glenn Brasseaux and the city council.

The proposed law would allow the Carencro city government to implement up a hotel occupancy tax of up to four percent. The money collected through the tax would be dedicated to water and sewer infrastructure maintenance, economic development, and tourism promotion.

Another similar bill is being proposed for Scott.

Senate Bill 435, authored by Sen. Jonathon Perry (R-Abbeville), would allow a hotel tax of up to five percent in Scott. Those funds would be dedicated to the construction and maintenance of a multipurpose community center, a 4-H facility, or a park to generate economic development and tourism for the city.

That bill goes before a senate committee on Wednesday.

If approved by the legislature, these bills would be placed on ballots in their respective cities for voters to decide their fate.

A bill similar to these for Youngsville was approved last year by the legislature and approved by voters in last November's election.

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