A tax increase could soon come to hotels in Caddo and Bossier Parishes.

If approved, the Hotel Motel Tax would boost tourism.

The Independence Bowl Commission, Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission and The Regional Air Service Alliance would receive funding from the hotel tax. 

Kyle McInnis is pioneering the proposed tax. He said if approved, the tax would help bring big name teams to The Independence Bowl, help the commission bring more high end sporting events to the area and bring more direct flights to Shreveport. 

If approved, McInnis said $1.7 million dollars would be generated.

Per group that would come out to about $550 thousand a year, according to McInnis.  

McInnis said if the proposed tax passes in November, people who stay in a hotel in Caddo or Bossier parish would see a one point five tax increase when they pay for a hotel. 

McInnis said it would be about one dollar extra per night. 

The tax will be voted on November 21st. 

McInnis said in 2014, the proposed tax failed. 

The ballot presented a two percent increase instead of a one point five increase. 

McInnis said in 2014 it failed by just 186 votes.

About 100,000 votes were casted for the tax last year, according to McInnis. 


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