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  • vox, I do believe you are correct!

    It is items #2, and #5 that would have allowed Bridgette Bise to assist with the Korean War Conference this past summer, but, she declined because it was not worth her time apparently.

    It is item #6 that she used to bring the Hooter's Golf Tour. You know, the one where we were supposed to see a bazillion dollars in sales tax. Wonder what that final figure was?

    December 13, 2010 at 5:21 p.m.
  • holein1, you shouldn't assume that what city administrators tell you the tax can be used on is all it can be used on. There's some important allowable expenditures missing from this list. Here's the full list, not from the city, but from the State of Texas:

    1. Convention Centers and Visitor Information Centers: the acquisition of sites for and the
    construction, improvement, enlarging, equipping, repairing operation and maintenance of convention
    center facilities or visitor information centers, or both;

    2. Registration of Convention Delegates: the furnishing of facilities, personnel, and materials for the
    registration of convention delegates or registrants;

    3. Advertising, Solicitations and Promotions that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and
    Convention Industry: advertising and conducting solicitations and promotional programs to attract
    tourists and convention delegates or registrants to the municipality or its vicinity;

    4. Promotions of the Arts that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry:
    that the encouragement, promotion, improvement, and application of the arts, including instrumental
    and vocal music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and allied fields, painting,
    sculpture photography, graphic and craft arts, motion picture, radio, television, tape and sound
    recording, and other arts related to the presentation, performance, execution, and exhibition of these
    major art forms, and

    5. Historical Restoration and Preservation Activities that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel
    and Convention Industry: historical restoration and preservation projects or activities or advertising
    and conducting solicitation and promotional programs to encourage tourists and convention delegates
    to visit preserved historic sites or museums.

    6. Sporting Event Expenses that Substantially Increase Economic Activity at Hotels: Expenses
    including promotional expenses, directly related to a sporting event in which the majority of
    participants are tourists who substantially increase economic activity at hotels and motels within the
    county.

    7. Certain Portions of Sporting Facilities: Expenses for a certain percentage of a facilities patrons that
    are directly contributing to increased local hotel activity.

    8. Shuttle Services for Convention Activities: Shuttle services for an event is an eligible expense
    provided the shuttle services begins or terminates at a local hotel facility.

    I hope you can see from this (complete) list that there are a few more things we could be spending money on instead of just ad campaigns and promotions.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:59 p.m.
  • Thanks for the info OC.

    "Can you spend hotel tax dollars on sidewalks, streets or other construction?

    No. Hotel Occupancy Tax funds are paid by out-of-town visitors spending the night in local hotel rooms. By state law, HOT funds can be spent only on advertising that directly promotes tourism and the hotel industry; promotions of the convention industry that directly promote tourism and the hotel industry; promotion of the arts that directly promote tourism and the hotel industry; historical preservation that directly promotes tourism and the hotel industry; and promotion of sporting events that increase economic activity at hotels. Use of HOT funds for any other purpose is illegal."

    Some people are probably still going to say the cvb money could have been used for something else.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:25 p.m.