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Published on : Saturday, July 22, 2017
“Our sports center is booked up year round,” said Mayor Craig Morgan.
Recently, the city just revealed a $27 million multipurpose complex with superlative facilities.
This has all been done to lure people to Round Rock from all over the state and country. “The facilities are great, and so people want to play in them,” said Morgan.
Morgan explained that it’s one their strategies to keep their property taxes low- build facilities and attract tourists.
“They come spend money in our restaurants, they eat, they stay at hotels, and then they leave,” said Morgan. “Tourism is the purist form of economic development.”
He highlighted that in 2016 the city received approximately $34 million in sales tax. Out of which, $17 million of that underwent to lessen property taxes, creating a 13 cent savings on property taxes, as per Morgan.
“I think it’s my job as the mayor to make sure we watch these things that may have an impact to our taxpayer’s pocket book,” said Morgan.
He also considers that there’s a chance that tax relief could be in danger.
In April 2018, Round Rock will organize the 2018 U.S. Quidditch National Championship, but the organization is questioning that decision now.