LOVE COUNTY, Okla. -- Love County commissioners voted last week to have the liquor by the drink issue placed on a January ballot. Now the group sponsoring that campaign wants to see another addition to the ballot.
It's a tax proposal that supporters say would bring in even more money to the love county economy, but most residents would never have to pay that tax.
The love county citizens for progress say a new hotel/motel tax would help Love County bring in hundreds of thousands of tourism dollars which they say would benefit everyone in the area, and that's what's driving them to get the measure on the January ballot.
The chairman of love county citizens for progress, Shawn Jones, submitted the hotel motel tax proposal to county commissioners earlier this week
"If you look at Ardmore, it took three tries before they could get the hotel tax passed there because they had so much hotel motels fighting the tax."(shaun)
Love County Citizens for Progress is credited for getting liquor by the drink put on January’s ballot. They say they also want residents to be able to vote on a 3.5% hotel tax because group members say it will bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars to the county's general fund.
"If we can get liquor by the drink passed that starts and economic cycle the big name restaurants and hotels come in."
But not everyone is in favor of the measure. Some county commissioners say they want to study the proposal further before jumping to a conclusion and putting it on the ballot.
But Jones, who is also one of the project managers for the new 400-room private hotel being built next to Winstar Casinos, says Love County can't afford to pass up this tax.
County treasurer Langdon Spivey said the hotel alone could bring in at least half a million dollars in revenue if the tax is approved by voters.
But first, it has to go on the ballot.
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime for Love County. January will bring a new year. If we go to the polls and vote twice for progress, it will be bring in a a bright future for Love County."
Commissioners are set to consider the matter next Monday if the tax proposal will go on January’s ballot.