HOUSTON ADDS CAR RENTAL TO HOTEL TAX FOR PARK CONSTRUCTION
The cost of renting a car in Harris County, TX, will
increase 5% on October 1 after a tax was imposed Wednesday
to help finance construction of Houston's new ballpark,
according to John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. The
newly created Harris County/Houston Sports Authority imposed
the tax one week after imposing a 2% The rental car tax was
set "after board members got their first look at the latest
design for a proposed retractable-roof baseball park the
authority is expected to start building later this year."
Authority members and project architects "promised" that the
stadium "will come in at no more" than $250M and open by
April 1, 2000 (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/18).