County wants HOT tax law amended to allow pavilion amenities

Vidorian photo/George Garza

The large boat trailer parking area adjacent to the City of Orange Sabine River Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive in Orange has hosted many events that bring tourists to Orange and Orange County. The City of Orange is planning to build a pavilion near this parking lot to improve the facility and Orange County wants to pitch in their own HOT Tax funds to help.

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a resolution asking the Texas Legislature to amend the Hotel Occupancy Tax law to allow the County to contribute $100,000 of County HOT tax collections towards an entertainment pavilion that will be built at the City of Orange Boat Ramp on the Sabine River.

“Orange County Hotel Occupancy Tax revenues are very restricted on what they can be used for,” said John Gothia, Precinct #3 County Commissioner and acting as Orange County Judge Pro Tem during Wednesday’s regularly scheduled Commissioners’ Court meeting. “Those funds can only be used for purposes of attracting tourists to the County, or putting heads in beds, as they say. The City of Orange has recently approved a bond on their behalf to be able to build a pavilion project for events that are held at their City Boat Ramp area. That has been approved by their City Council. One of the things that we want to do as a county, because we use that Boat Ramp facility a whole lot, everybody in the County uses that facility a whole lot, so we wanted to partner with them in this pavilion project and to be able to fund that through the use of our HOT tax funds that we collect as a county.”



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