THLA President & CEO, Scott Joslove, will cover topics such as:
• Can cities legally provide hotels with a payment plan for hotel taxes that waives penalties and interest charges?
• Why are hotels asking for payment plans for periods of time in which there are such small collections?
• If a hotel tax payment plan is provided, how can the city ensure that the taxes will ultimately be paid?
• Must all local hotel taxes be paid within the current city fiscal year?
• Can a city forgive or abate the amount of already collected or future hotel tax that a hotel must remit to the city?
• What are the powers of a city under Local Government Code Chapter 380 economic development laws to provide grants and loans that could be used toward payment of hotel taxes or other expenses of hoteliers?
• What are the powers of a city to use sales tax for economic development to assist commercial businesses impacted by COVID?
• What are the powers of a city to apply for state or federal funds to assist commercial businesses impacted by COVID?
• What strategies can CVBs use to ensure that any hotel tax deferrals or grant programs do not have an unreasonable impact on the ability of a CVB/DMO to continue its vital operations?
• Ability of cities or private utilities to lower utility rates or provide payment plans to promote economic recovery?
• Ability of cities to lower the property tax liability for just hotels (e.g.; 60 percent reduction)?
• What other property tax options exist for impacted businesses?
o Delay of property tax payments?
o Exemption of portion of property valuation due to disaster impact.
o Installment payments for property tax after a disaster declaration.
o Delay of property tax delinquency date by the Texas Governor
• Ability of government to impose a moratorium on hotel development for a period of time into the future?