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Exemption ends: 'Permanent residents' in hotels must pay tax Modified: May 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm •  Published: May 8, 2013

ENID -- Since 2011, the city has lost more than $1 million in tax money by trying to be friendly to guests.

Long-term motel guests were exempted from paying a big chunk of an 8 percent tax designed to boost Enid's tourism budget, the Enid News & Eagle reports.

But now, it's time to pay up.

The newspaper said: "Many of the permanent residents are believed to be workers who followed the energy boom to western Oklahoma."

City commissioners voted to remove the exemption, which will result in a boost for the local tax revenue.

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