- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Scott and Carencro are both eyeing hotel taxes and are following in the footsteps of Youngsville, where voters last year approved a 4 percent tax on hotel and motel bills.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1mNmm0n ) the state Legislature would need to approve the tax elections, but both cities have filed formal notices of intent to seek legislative approval in the session that begins in March.

There are three hotels in Scott, and Mayor Purvis Morrison said a tax of 5 percent on hotel bills there would generate about $100,000 a year - money that could be used for tourism, parks and recreation and a planned 4-H facility.

“It would be things to help bring more people to the area,” Morrison said.

Morrison said he plans to bring the tax proposal to the Scott City Council in February, and if the council approves, move next to the Legislature.

Carencro Mayor Glenn Brasseaux says the city council voted last year to move forward with a hotel tax proposal, but Brasseaux said there is no firm timeline for an election should the Legislature give its approval.

The mayor said that in the near term, any hotel tax revenue would be used for water and sewer infrastructure, but in the future, the money could help support tourism and economic development projects.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com