Before Hurricane Harvey ever hit the coast, Texas Governor Greg Abbott suspended the collection of hotel and motel taxes starting August 23, 2017. Originally, taxes were supposed to go back into effect on September 6. However, Governor Abbot has extended the period through September 22, 2017. The tax break is being given in hopes of helping our Hurricane Harvey flood victims whose homes are still flooded or under construction, and who are being forced to stay in temporary accommodations.
The full proclamation reads as follows:
Governor Abbott Extends Proclamation Suspending Hotel And Motel Taxes During Hurricane Harvey
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, did issue a proclamation on August 25, 2017, suspending all laws authorizing or requiring the collection of state or local hotel or motel occupancy taxes from the victims of Hurricane Harvey or personnel participating in relief operations, for a period of 14 days, beginning August 23, 2017, and ending September 6, 2017; and
WHEREAS, the effects of Hurricane Harvey are expected to continue causing a temporary housing emergency in the state beyond September 6, 2017;
NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.020(c) of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby amend the aforementioned proclamation and suspend all laws authorizing or requiring the collection of state or local hotel or motel occupancy taxes from the victims of Hurricane Harvey or personnel participating in relief operations, for a period of 30 days, beginning August 23, 2017, and ending September 22, 2017.
In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 6th day of September, 2017.