- Paris Flash
- Real Estate
By CHARLES RICHARDS
Hotel occupancy taxes are up 9.91 percent from last year, finance director Gene Anderson says in his monthly report to the Paris City Council comparing the city‘s revenue to a year ago.
The report, which the council will receive tonight, says all Paris hotels are current on their occupancy taxes except for La Quinta.
As of Aug. 14, La Quinta has paid the bulk of its obligation for the second quarter of 2011, but remains delinquent for the first, third and fourth quarters of last year, according to Anderson’s report.
Anderson said he and city attorney Kent McIlyer met on Feb. 7, 2012, with the hotel’s owner and manager, who promised to pay $3,000 per month on the back taxes and stay current on future occupancy taxes.
“At this rate, it will take approximately 15 months for them to pay the back tax due,” Anderson said.
La Quinta made its first $3,000 payments on schedule, but missed its sixth $3,000 payment that was due on Aug. 15, Anderson said.
The hotel is also now delinquent on its second quarter 2012 taxes, Anderson said.
On other city revenue, he reported:
Ten months into the 2011-2012 fiscal year (83.3%), here is the expenditure report of various departments:
City council has spent 86.49 percent of its yearly budget. The overage of $3,813 is due to the fees paid to SGR for the city manager search.
The police department has spent 85.6 percent of its budget. The overage amounts to $122,286 and is primarily due to unemployment claims, overtime, and the retirement payouts of several employees.
EMS has spent 89.3 percent of its budget. The overage is $133,878 and is primarily due to overtime, fuel, medical supplies, and the purchase of a new ambulance.
Cox Field Airport has spent 91.1 percent of its budget. The overage amounts to $13,2723 and is due to the grant match payment to TxDot and a water leak.
Paris Band has spent 101.66 percent of its budget. The overage amounts to $3,821 and is due to payments of band members.
The city warehouse has spent 85.9 percent of its budget. The overage amounts to $2,778 and is due to building maintenance, utilities and the purchase of a refrigerator for the break room.
The wastewater treatment plant has spent 84.98 percent of its budget. The overage is due to chemical costs, sludge removal, and maintenance of pumps and motors.
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