Proclamation Issued Suspending Hotel And Motel Taxes During Hurricane Harvey
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, did issue a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Tropical Depression Harvey poses a threat of imminent disaster in specified counties; and
WHEREAS, Tropical Depression Harvey has since been upgraded to a hurricane and is likely to make landfall in Texas as a major hurricane; and
WHEREAS, the threat of imminent disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey is creating a temporary housing emergency in the state.
THEREFORE, in accordance with the Disaster Proclamation and with the authority vested in me by Section 418.020(c) of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby suspend all laws authorizing or requiring the collection of state or local hotel or motel occupancy taxes from the victims of Hurricane Harvey or personnel participating in relief operations, for a period of 14 days, beginning August 23, 2017, and ending September 6, 2017.
In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 25th day of August, 2017.