Found thisÂ revealing tidbit on the Austin American-Statesman's entertainmentÂ pages:Â
Those hotel occupancy taxes in Texasâ€™ big cities are so high theyâ€™ll give you a nosebleed. Example: My $279 stay at the lovely Granduca Hotel in Houston a few days ago carried $46.93 in occupancy tax: Thatâ€™s 6 percent for the great State of Texas, 7 percent for the city, 2 percent for Harris County and another 2 percent for the Houston-Harris County Sports Authority, the entity that builds stadiums.
That little sports tax pushed Houstonâ€™s total to 17 percent, inching past San Antonioâ€™s 16.75 percent. Dallas sits at 15 percent. If the Cowboys had wound up there instead of deciding to build a new stadium in Arlington, my guess is that we travelers would be ponying up for that, too.
I know, I know: Anyone who can afford a $280 hotel room can probably handle nearly $50 in taxes on it. Itâ€™s still irksome.
Interesting idea – could the Legislature pass a law mandating that the hotel occupancyÂ tax on Texas residents be no higher than the state sales tax?Â Â This may or may not be violate the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution, which has been interpreted to limit the ability of states to discriminate against out-of-state commerce.