Eddy County Commission tables tax increase on temporary housing

Eddy County Board of County Commissioners tabled a proposed 2 percent tax on temporary lodging in unincorporated areas of Eddy County Tuesday.

Commissioners asked  Eddy County administration to explore the proposed tax as another way to fund county services.

A 2020 amendment by the New Mexico Legislature to the lodgers’ tax collections allowed counties and municipalities options for use of funds collected during the first 31 days of any temporary stay. 

Lodgers’ tax is a tax that property owners and managers collect from renters.

A pickup truck pulls into West Main RV Park in Artesia on Aug. 3, 2021. Eddy County Commissioners tabled a proposed tax increase for recreational vehicle parks, man-camps and hotels in the unincorporated areas of Eddy County.

During a public hearing, Eddy County Manager Allen Davis said revenues collected from the 2 percent proposal would have been used for various county services.

Commissioners did not give the proposal a warm reception during the hearing.

“If these monies aren’t earmarked (for county purposes) I can’t see these monies going to the general fund. I’ll never vote for this,” said District 2 Commissioner Jon Henry.