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$120,000 in Convention and Visitors Bureau budget as it transfers to city control

By Brian Cuaron
July 17, 2011 at 2:17 a.m.

TRAFFIC CHANGES PROPOSEDCity staff has proposed updating speeding restrictions because Juan Linn Magnet Elementary School has moved from Navarros Street.

School zones for that school were proposed to be cut. For example, staff recommended that the one on East Guadalupe Street from Navarro to Cameron streets be eliminated.

Lynn Short, director of public works, said that would increase the speed limit from 20 mph to 30 mph.

Short said the city updates its traffic regulations after something triggers officials to look into it. This time that was the school's closure.

Among the other proposed changes were more parking prohibitions along Main Street.

Parking is currently prohibited on Main Street between North Street and Spring Creek Drive, Short said. That would extend from Spring Creek Drive to the north city limit.

Short said that change is requested because of increased population.

If you goWHAT: Victoria City Council

WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: 107 W. Juan Linn St.

The Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau has about $120,000 left in its account as it moves to the city's oversight.

The city council voted July 5 to establish a Convention and Visitors Bureau division. It transferred $313,000 from the Hotel Occupancy Tax fund to fund the new division.

The council is set to hold its second and third readings on the matter when it meets Tuesday.

The bureau now is under the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, but was scheduled to become a city department on Oct. 1. The changeover was moved up to Aug. 1 after the bureau's former executive director, Bridgette Bise, left the position.

O.C. Garza, communications director, verified how much money was left in the bureau's account.

The city gave the bureau $437,500 from the Motel Tax Fund as of June 21, according to a city document.

Garza said the $120,000 was what the city expected, given the bureau's transactions. He added the "Bring Your Boots" campaign, personnel and operations costs are continuing.

Harrison, Waldrop and Uherek, an accounting firm, was conducting an outside audit on the bureau's finances, Garza said. He added that the firm would help verify the city's findings.

The city plans to put the bureau under the communication's department, Garza said. The bureau's new head would be called a manager and not a director.

Advertisements for the position were posted on the city's website and other job-search websites, Garza said.



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