Is Lubbock’s Randy Jordan being truthful on dirt-event arena financing?

Pratt on TexasIs Lubbock’s Randy Jordan being truthful?

In a Lubbock Avalanche-Journal story about Lubbock County funding a new dirt-event arena through the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax, normally called the HOT tax, Mr. Jordan is said to have repeated his claim that Lubbock County voters would not being paying for the facility.

The story’s author, Matt Dotray, wrote: “The message also coming from proponents is that increasing the hotel tax is a way to fund a coliseum replacement without raising local property taxes. The payments to build the dirt arena would be drawn from the Lubbock Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax, which in large part visitors and tourists pay. So Jordan says the statement that Lubbock County voters will pay for it is not true.”

Is Jordan a prevaricator or just an ignoramus?

Locals regularly pay for hotel rooms for guests, think weddings and medical stays, and for business purposes. But not only that, the proposal raises the rental car tax a whopping five percent!

It is simply ignorant, or worse, to claim that local citizens will not be picking up part of the tab for the arena if funded by government through the HOT tax.

Local citizens rent a lot of cars for reasons from vacation trips to getting to work while their vehicle is in the mechanic’s or body shop.

It is simply ignorant, or worse, to claim that local citizens will not be picking up part of the tab for the arena if funded by government through the HOT tax.

Either Jordan, and anyone who parrots him is ignorant of the fact that locals, both businesses and individuals, rent a lot of cars and buy a lot of hotel rooms or, he is telling a whopper repeatedly in order to deceive.

What do you think?...

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