ENID, Okla. —
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The Ward 6 candidates also were asked: “What’s the biggest issue facing the city that people aren’t talking about enough?”
Vanhooser said a recommendation from Monday night’s Metropolitan Area Planning Commission to allow construction of temporary work force housing in industrial zones will address one seldom-discussed issue.
“Most people don’t realize that after 30 days of continuously residing in a hotel room, you don’t have to pay hotel tax any more,” Vanhooser said.
“We’ve lost revenue to that. When Halliburton rents the whole hotel for six months, you only pay hotel tax for the first 30 days.”
De La Cruz said the city needs to pay attention to aesthetic issues that detract from the community’s first impression with visitors and investors.
“We don’t talk about what the town looks like,” he said. “We talk about the new stuff, the shiny stuff. When these people come ... what else are they going to see?”
De La Cruz said the city needs to focus on making itself look better for visitors “when they do come for the things we’ve already built.”
Meibergen said the city needs to avoid excessively restrictive codes, especially pertaining to oil and gas service businesses.
“Don’t code them to death, so they move to Ponca City or somewhere else,” Meibergen said. “If they can’t get it done and get it done now, they’re going to go somewhere else.”