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by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 08, 2012

Voters in El Paso, Texas, approved a 2 percent rise in the hotel tax, increasing it from 7.25 percent to 9.25 percent, taking effect next spring. Coupled with the Texas state sales tax of 8.25 percent, the total tax on rooms now will become 17.5 percent. The influx of funds is earmarked to help build a ballpark for the Tucson Padres, who are expected to move to El Paso in 2014, according to the El Paso Times.