Eddy County sets Aug 3 public hearing for Lodgers’ Tax ordinance

Daniel, Vince, and another oil worker, who declined to give his name, share beers at a man camp in Carlsbad.

Four public meetings on the proposed Eddy County Lodgers’ Tax Ordinance held in Carlsbad and Artesia in June failed to generate public comment, said Steve McCroskey, associate director of Eddy County Community Services. 

A final public hearing was slated for Aug. 3 before the Eddy County Board of County Commissioners, McCroskey said as Eddy County Commissioners asked the Eddy County Planning Department to explore the tax and how the revenues collected via that increase could enhance county services.

Eddy County Public and Government Affairs Director Jerry Fanning said despite being heavily advertised, no comments on the proposed 2 percent tax for temporary lodging in unincorporated areas of Eddy County were received.

Fanning said the City of Carlsbad and Eddy County considered a change of respective lodgers’ taxes years ago as a need to fund services.