Lodgers’ Tax Program

The Artesia Lodgers’ Tax fund is managed by an advisory committee of five community members as outlined by state statute and administered by Artesia Chamber of Commerce. The actions of the committee serve as recommendations to Artesia City Council for final approval. Lodgers’ Tax funding is used to market the community to potential visitors, support visitor / tourist facilities, and grant financial support to community events that attract visitors to Artesia.

Lodgers’ Tax is a 5% tax charged to guests per room night within the City of Artesia.


Mission Statement
Support and fund special events for the City of Artesia and North Eddy County, and create and maintain an inviting image of our community to attract tourists thereby encouraging a positive impact on the community’s economy.

Eligible Uses
In accordance with the Lodgers’ Tax Act (3-38-21), eligible uses of occupancy tax proceeds collected in Artesia include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Establishing, operating, purchasing, constructing, otherwise acquiring, reconstructing, extending, improving, equipping, furnishing or acquiring real property or any interest in real property for the site or grounds for tourist-related facilities, attractions or transportation systems of the municipality, the county in which the municipality is located or the county;
  • Advertising, publicizing and promoting tourist-related attractions, facilities and events of the municipality or county and tourist facilities or attraction within the area;
  • Providing police and fire protection and sanitation service for tourist-related events, facilities and attractions located in the respective municipality or county; or
  • Any combination of the foregoing purposes stated above, but for no other municipal or county purpose.
  • In accordance with the Lodgers’ Tax Act (3-38-21.1), occupancy tax revenue may be spent for day-to-day operations, supplies, salaries, office rental, travel expenses and other administrative costs when those administrative costs are incurred directly for purpose of spending lodgers’ tax revenues for eligible uses.

Broad definitions of eligible uses allow board members to interpret appropriate expenditures within the parameters of the State Lodgers’ Tax Act. The committee has the leverage to determine local tourist attractions. Advertising and promotion may include traditional advertising venues, such as television, newspaper and radio, but may also include website, social media, collateral and other mediums appropriate to the current conditions.

Lodger's Tax Committee

  • Lauren Austin, Ocotillo Performing Arts Center
  • Joy Barr, Hotel Artesia
  • Jess Holmes, Architecture and Planning
  • Sandy Johnson, Best Western Pecos Inn
  • Johnny Knorr, Artesia MainStreet, Ocotillo Performing Arts Center

For Information Contact
Vickie Grousnick
Artesia Chamber of Commerce
Events & Marketing Coordinator

Useful Links

  • State Statute
  • Department of Finance & Administration Rule
  • Local Lodger's Tax Application