Lubbock County to start collecting hotel occupancy and car renta

Lubbock County to start collecting hotel occupancy and car rental taxes for expo center

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

It has been nearly eight months since voters approved the hotel occupancy tax to help fund the Lubbock County Expo Center, yet collections for the tax have not started.

That changes July 1, as county commissioners approved the tax revenue plan earlier this month. 

County Judge Curtis Parrish said the delay comes primarily from legal complications with the 5% rental car tax, and this patience will soon be rewarded. 

"We want to make sure we're doing this right. We want to make sure what we're doing will meet the needs of the people of Lubbock County for the next 40 to 50 years," Parrish said. 

With the revenue plan in place, Parrish said the 2% hotel occupancy tax will kickstart momentum back in their favor. 

"That 2% will be put into the venue fund to be able to start the work on building, constructing, maintaining, and operating the new expo center," Parrish said.

Because the "HOT" tax will not match the $50 million budget itself, Parrish said the county was forced to wait for the rental car tax to get through court so they could focus on getting a clear bond amount.

Parrish said once that is cleared up in about three months, then they can focus on the expo center itself.

"Once we do get the bond amount, at least knowing exactly how much we will have available, then we can go back and work on the size and scope of the expo center," Parrish said.

Parrish said the path to a 2021 opening for the expo center has not changed despite the tax collection delay. 

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