Nine Local Hotels Owe the City Tax Money - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Nine Local Hotels Owe the City Tax Money

Posted: Updated:
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

You know when you stay at a hotel, you end up getting stuck paying taxes on the room.

Did you know that those taxes are what the City uses to pay for things like the upkeep of the American Bank Center?

However, a number of hotels, motels and bed and breakfast hot spots have not turned over that money to the City.

Out of our 88 hotel businesses in town, there are nine who have not sent in all of the tax dollars they have collected from their guests, who had to pay the money before they could get a room.

The Travelodge on Corn Products Road tops the City's list of hotels which are behind. The nine hotels owe the city some $199,000 in sales tax monies, and the Travelodge owes 54-percent of that total.

When asked why this was the case, Gary Karkhanis, general manager of Travelodge, said it is "because of the bad economy."

"We have been going through some difficult times," Karkhanis said. "But this is a situation we are aware of and we will be taking care of this situation in the next thirty days."

"For the most part, everyone is very cooperative once they realize," City Finance Director Constance Sanchez said. "Perhaps it was a change in bookkeeping, or an oversight. Some hotels change property owners and they don't realize the taxes weren't paid."

The city has Muniservices to takeover the job of playing watchdog over the hotels. The company will be paid $22,000 a year to do that job, plus another $14,000 for eight audits each year of all the hotel sales figures.

The City and the company will meet with hotel owners and managers at City Hall on Monday to talk about the big change.

Muniservices takes over the program and the collections part of the job beginning in November.

The City is set to receive about $11.9 million this year in hotel sales tax dollars, and it is hoped that Muniservices will make sure the City gets the money it's owed.

  • Passion Play Draws Hundreds of Spectators to Cole Park

    Passion Play Draws Hundreds of Spectators to Cole Park

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:25:28 GMT
    Many of you started the day watching the 72nd annual Passion Play at the Cole Park. Whether it's a family tradition, or your first time, the production tells the story of the meaning of Easter. The crowd got to witness a beautiful sunrise Sunday morning. The Passion Play depicts the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dozens of actors, along with music, and costumes helped create an over powering experience for those in attendance. John Siotos who attended the Passion Play told 3...More >>
    Many of you started the day watching the 72nd annual Passion Play at the Cole Park. Whether it's a family tradition, or your first time, the production tells the story of the meaning of Easter. The crowd got to witness a beautiful sunrise Sunday morning. The Passion Play depicts the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dozens of actors, along with music, and costumes helped create an over powering experience for those in attendance. John Siotos who attended the Passion Play told 3...More >>
  • Man Who Shot Cop in Fredericksburg In Jail After Chase

    Man Who Shot Cop in Fredericksburg In Jail After Chase

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:15:13 GMT
    A suspect accused of shooting a Fredericksburg police officer is in custody in San Antonio after leading police on a chase spanning several counties.It started in Fredericksburg around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.According to the Fredericksburg Police Department, an officer was making a routine traffic stop when the 31-year-old Robert Adrian Rendon fired several shots at him from inside the car.The officer was hit twice, once in the stomach and once in the neck.He was able to radio for help and was ta...More >>
    A suspect accused of shooting a Fredericksburg police officer is in custody in San Antonio after leading police on a chase spanning several counties.It started in Fredericksburg around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.According to the Fredericksburg Police Department, an officer was making a routine traffic stop when the 31-year-old Robert Adrian Rendon fired several shots at him from inside the car.The officer was hit twice, once in the stomach and once in the neck.He was able to radio for help and was ta...More >>
  • With Sales Now Legal, Cannabis Lovers Take Denver's 420 Weekend To New Highs

    With Sales Now Legal, Cannabis Lovers Take Denver's 420 Weekend To New Highs

    DENVER, Colorado (CNN) -- Coming to the Mile High City this weekend was the perfect 65th birthday present for Karen Stevenson. She and her husband drove out of the Bible Belt to experience, for the first time, what it's like to buy and smoke weed legally. She wore a T-shirt featuring an image of María Sabina, a late-Mexican shaman, puffing on a joint -- a shirt that, until this day, she never dared to wear outside her Cape Girardeau, Missouri, home. "It's kind of like being a part of history...More >>
    DENVER, Colorado (CNN) -- Coming to the Mile High City this weekend was the perfect 65th birthday present for Karen Stevenson. She and her husband drove out of the Bible Belt to experience, for the first time, what it's like to buy and smoke weed legally. She wore a T-shirt featuring an image of María Sabina, a late-Mexican shaman, puffing on a joint -- a shirt that, until this day, she never dared to wear outside her Cape Girardeau, Missouri, home. "It's kind of like being a part of history...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KIII. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.