Special to the PRESS
AUSTIN—Potential legislation that paves the way for additional dollars for South Padre Island beach cleaning and nourishment cleared the Texas House of Representatives, State Representative Rene O. Oliveira announced.
House Bills 3042 and 3043 are components of a South Padre Island legislative package authored by Oliveira. H.B. 3042 allows South Padre Island to receive an additional one percent of the state’s portion of the hotel motel tax, increasing the percentage of state funding the Island receives from one percent to two percent.
H.B. 3043 increases the amount of the local motel tax charged, increasing it from 8.5 percent to a total of nine percent. The bills now move to the Senate for consideration.
As rapid erosion continues north of the town limits, H.B. 3042 will allow the Island to maintain beach in areas that will be annexed into its jurisdiction, said South Padre Island Mayor Robert Pinkerton. He furthered that H.B. 3043 demonstrates a strong commitment from local hoteliers.
“It shows we are willing to contribute our own tax to keep our beaches healthy,” said Pinkerton. “We have the best beaches in Texas and we want to keep them that way. I think the entire state will see benefits with the passage of these bills.”