Duson will receive preliminary numbers next month for the new hotel/motel tax that voters approved in November.
Occupants of the town’s one motel — the Super 8 near the town’s main exit off Interstate 10 — began paying a 4 percent occupancy tax on Jan. 1. It’s expected to bring in about $28,000 this year.
The motel is on property in Acadia Parish, which will collect the money, Duson Mayor Johnny Thibodeaux said.
The first round of revenues will be reviewed in February. The tax proceeds are required by law to fund economic development, tourism promotion and related infrastructure within the town.
Thibodeaux said the motel, which offers 54 rooms, receives most of its traffic from major events in nearby municipalities, along with conventions hosted by local churches.
“It is an extremely nice motel,” he said.
Although the town’s second lodging option is the Frog City RV Park, located behind the motel, the tax will not apply to it or any other RV parks that may come about.
Town leaders have been working to develop the town’s main entry point, Exit 92, already attracting a new truck stop, restaurant and other businesses, the mayor said. Thibodeaux said future plans for the town involve expanding frontage road access along I-10 to attract more development.
Voters in Acadia and Lafayette parishes — the town straddles both — overwhelmingly approved the tax in the Nov. 21 election by a vote of 197 to 85. The turnout was just under 43 percent.
Duson, population 1,700, follows other Lafayette Parish municipalities in collecting a hotel/motel tax.
Carencro approved one in 2014 and Youngsville in 2013, and Lafayette has collected one for years.
In 2014, Scott received legislative approval to bring a proposal to voters for an occupancy tax up to 5 percent but has yet to take action.
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