McALLEN - The City of McAllen is having a special election on November 8th to decide on a proposed hotel tax increase.
People are being asked to vote on whether to increase the hotel occupancy tax by 2%. Right now the tax is divided between the city and the state with the city charging 7% and the state charging 6%. This is not a tax residents will have to pay for just those staying in hotels. McAllen Deputy City Attorney Ignacio Perez says, "When visitors come and stay in a hotel, for a day, two days, a weekend, a week, a couple of weeks, in addition to the charge that the hotel extracts, there is also an occupancy tax. So this is basically for tourists and people staying in hotels."
The city needs more money to fund a new performing arts center and residents will also get the opportunity to vote on ten state constitutional amendments in the special election. Early voting will start October 24th at the McAllen tax office.