Mineola hotel/motel taxes growing


The city of Mineola received its largest hotel-motel occupancy tax check from the state in the third quarter of 2019, the city council learned Monday, Nov. 25.

The $24,956 amount is the city’s share of occupancy taxes charged to people renting overnight accommodations in the city during July, August and September.

Marketing Manager Lynn Kitchens attributed the record primarily to the state t-ball tournament that the city hosted in July.

City Manager Mercy Rushing pointed to the dollars as more proof that the city needs more lodging options.

She said overflow from the tournament likely sent families to Lindale and other nearby towns.

The city received $69,548 for the previous four quarters, including $18,322 in the third quarter of 2018. The previous high was $20,371 the year before.

Since the first full year after the Best Western opened in 2007, hotel-motel taxes have ranged from $57,085 in 2009 to $74,493 in 2017.