Galveston residents might have seen an iconic sight coming down the street last week.

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(10) comments

Kim Etheridge

The city of Galveston should be ashamed of how they are hosing visitors with a 15% HOT tax. Austin - 11% HOT tax; San Antonio - 9% HOT tax; Corpus Christi - 9% HOT tax; South Padres Island - 10.5% HOT tax; Dallas - 7% HOT tax; Houston - 7% HOT tax.

Bailey Jones

The Galveston HOT tax is 9%. The state tax is 6%. Total is 15%. I'm not aware of any evidence that indicates that the tax is deterring tourists. Padre Island charges 9%, as do Jamaica Beach, Ft Worth and Groesbeck. Most other Texas cities charge 7%.

Bailey Jones

I'm excited about the trolleys! I rode one on a visit just before the hurricane. I do think the city should increase the fee - $1 a ride is too cheap. I'd like to see $2 a ride with seasonal or yearly passes for residents.

Charlotte O'rourke

Hi Kim,

The HOT rate for Houston is 17% which is the highest HOT that I know of and is composed of state tax (6%) + city taxes + referendum taxes + county taxes if any.

Newport told the Houston Business Journal that the hotel tax rate on any hotel room booked in Houston is 17 percent — 6 percent goes to the state, 7 percent goes to the city, 2 percent goes to Harris County and 2 percent goes to the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority.Jul 2, 2019

Biz Journals › news › 2019/07/02

Stay safe.

Tom FitzGerald

The contractor on 25th Street has all residents on the northbound (east) side of the street parking on top of the tracks next to the island in the middle of the road so the contractor can access the northbound lane closer to residents' homes. If they are going to start running the trolley down those tracks, then where are residents supposed to park?

Walter Dannenmaier

The trolley is back! Signs and wonders! This is great! Now RAISE the HOT rate and run the trolley all the way to the end of the Seawall in both directions

Michael Moriarty

Why? These haven't seemed to have been missed. They didn't have many riders before. What is the point of maintaining such a system?

Raymond Lewis

Why? Mike you should know the answer. The city danced with the devil and took federal dollars to get them operational. Now its 'dance' or send the nearly $8 mil back. But I do kind of like them as a tourist attraction that adds a nice ambiance. So long as we figure out a way for them to at least break some where close to even.

Kelly Naschke

I agree with Mike. These things have been a constant drain. Maybe times have changed, but if history is any barometer, the city can plan on funding this “attraction” because no way will it support itself.

Walter Dannenmaier

If the city was worried about funding "attractions" that cannot support themselves, we would have resiste.d public housing more vigorously

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