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Crowley Council approves calling election for hotel tax

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Posted at 10:51 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 22:22:08-04

At their regular meeting today, Crowley City Council members approved calling an election to ask voters to levy a hotel/motel tax in the city.

Also on the agenda was a presentation of Dr. Robert Aertker, President of the Acadia Parish Medical Society, on updates and facts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the tax issue, the council will consider a resolution that would call an election asking voters to authorize a hotel occupancy tax of up to 5 percent that would be used to "promote tourism, recreation and culture, economic development, financing (including the issuance of bonds and other forms of indebtedness), construction, maintenance and operation of the convention and conference center and related infrastructure (including the acqusition of property therefor) and to conduct and hold events, fairs and festivals for the promotion of tourism in the City of Crowley; and to provide for all matters relative thereto and in connection therewith."

The item will go on a future ballot for Crowley voters to decide, likely in December.

The council also approved co-sponsoring a Farmers Market with OneCrowley to be held at the Wells Fargo Building on June 20, and then regularly after that.

The council approved co-sponsoring a July 4th Celebration with Crowley Main Street to be held on Saturday July 4th.

The council also approved an introductory ordinance revising the city's budget.

Mayor Tim Monceaux told the council that the City of Crowley has applied for CARES Act funding, but has not yet received an answer.