By José Antonio Pérez
Puerto Peñasco mayor Kiko Munro stated services provided by the administration to residents and visitors alike will improve significantly following State Congress approval of a 1.8% lodging tax for the city. The measure had been submitted to the Sonora State Congress in the Puerto Peñasco Income Budget for 2018.
The mayor applauded legislators for their support of the lodging tax, as the initiative aims to ensure the over 64,000 residents of Puerto Peñasco not lack in services during high tourism periods, while the over 2.4 million yearly visitors continue to fully enjoy the destination. The mayor deemed the 1.8% lodging tax socially responsible, in making sure visitors also contribute to city services. He noted the lodging tax will be applied to hotel rates so that, for example, a $100 US rate will mean an additional $1.80, while in pesos a rate of 1500 pesos will incur an additional charge of 27 pesos. He remarked this will not negatively impact hotel rates, though be of great benefit to the municipality.
“It is fair,” explained the mayor, “that those who visit us contribute in helping to maintain and conserve the destination, so we are able to provide more and better services.”
Welcoming more than 2.4 million visitors to Puerto Peñasco each year means keeping beaches and federal zones clean, doubling or tripling public service staff, public safety, and tourism assistance, as well as acquiring machinery and equipment to make the extraction, distribution, and supply of potable water more efficient. Municipal responsibilities also extend to trash collection and maintaining tourist and recreational spaces.