NEW YORK -- Everything's big in Texas, including the lodging tax
charged by the state's major cities.
A hotel room in Houston, for example, comes with a 17% lodging
tax, and San Antonio levies a 16.75% tax, according to Runzheimer
International, a management consulting firm.
Runzheimer found that Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas
and Fort Worth each have a 15% lodging tax.
which are imposed on hotel renters, are a combination of city and
state taxes, said Runzheimer.
"Very often, the purpose of the tax is to fulfill travel-related
public needs, such as building convention halls and improving
traffic control, but also to fatten cities' operating funds," said
Rolfe Shellenberger, senior travel consultant at Runzheimer.
Runzheimer found that lodging taxes for first class
accommodations in San Antonio and Houston, with respective rates of
$164 and $239, can add $28 and $41 to a bill.
In contrast, cities such as Billings, Mont., and Erie, Pa.,
charge about $3 and $9 in lodging taxes, respectively, based on
lodging rates of $85 and $156.50 (in-season rate), said
"There seems to be an unquenchable need for municipalities to
tax those who aren't the beneficiaries of the tax," said
Shellenberger. "The out-of-town visitor is fair game for filling
the public coffers."