City leaders calling for new buildings, Mustang residents to decide fate of proposed tax

MUSTANG, Okla. – The City of Mustang is seeing a lot of growth as more people and businesses move into the community.

However, city leaders say there is a problem with the increase.

As the population grows, so do events and tourists, but officials say there are very few options for those guests to stay in Mustang.

“We have a lot of needs for lodging on the weekend, so it’s certainly something needed,” said City Manager Timothy Rooney.

With new hotels on the horizon, city leaders are trying to implement a hotel tax, which will make its way to the Nov. 4 ballot for voters.

The tax, which is listed as Proposition 1, is similar to a proposal that failed twice in previous elections.

However, officials want to assure residents that they are exempt from paying the proposed 5 percent tax.

“It would be for anyone who spends the night at a hotel in an existing or future hotel in Mustang,” said Rooney.

Empty lots near Wal-Mart and Lowe’s, near Hwy 152,  are potential sites for a hotel.

“I think it’d be great, I really do,” said Sue Camby.

Camby says she has spent the last nine years working at Mustang’s Wal-Mart and has seen a lot of changes.

“New residences, new businesses, especially right across the street. Since I’ve been working here, they’ve added all that,” said Camby.

Camby said hotels would keep visitors in Mustang, rather than having them head to Yukon or Oklahoma City.

If passed, the hotel tax will go into the city’s general fund to help with future needs or projects.

“It’s a community on the move, it’s a community growing,” said Rooney.

For more information about the proposed hotel tax, visit cityofmustang.org