Fort Worth voters support 2% hotel tax for Convention Center renovations

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Voters are overwhelmingly supporting a 2% increase in Fort Worth hotel taxes to fund the renovation of the Convention Center, according to unofficial results from Tarrant County.

Proposition A had support from 71.73% of voters with all 180 vote centers reporting. The tax is expected to generate $10 million a year, which the city will use to help fund the $700 million expansion of the Convention Center.

The tax will apply to hotel rooms or registered short-term rentals.

Fort Worth’s tourism economy generated $3 billion and supported 30,000 jobs in 2022, according to statistics from Visit Fort Worth.

The city started work in August 2023 on updates to the entrances, loading docks and kitchens on the Commerce Street side of the building. The second phase is expected to involve demolishing the “Flying Saucer” arena to increase the building’s capacity.