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Victoria City Council gives final OK to hotel tax contracts

By Melissa Crowe
Dec. 4, 2012 at 6:04 a.m.
Updated Dec. 5, 2012 at 6:05 a.m.


MORE ACTION

• Approved fee increases for five departments.

• Approved a resolution approving the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corp's agreement with Victoria Economic Development Corporation as an expenditure in the VSTD's budget.

• Approved $1.9 million bid to Palacios Marine & Industrial Coatings Inc. of Palacios, for the downtown water and sanitary sewer replacement project.

Big-ticket tax funding

• $68,900: Victoria Performing Arts Center

• $67,565: Victoria Ballet Theatre

• $60,000: Victoria Community Theatre

• $57,157: Victoria Symphony

• $50,000: Museum of the Coastal Bend

• $38,500: Victoria Regional Museum Assoc., Inc.

• $35,840: Victoria Bach Festival

To receive hotel tax funding, all that seven Victoria arts groups need to do is stick to their contracts.

Victoria City Council unanimously approved a $377,962 resolution without discussion Tuesday that effectively moves the funding from the budget to these line items.

City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz said although the funding was approved in July, the contracts needed to come back to council for approval.

The total amount council approved in July was about $455,000.

Any contract less than $25,000 did not need council approval, Gwosdz said.

"None of the organizations are funded on the front end," he said.

Victoria Performing Arts Center received the largest allocation, $68,900.

Communications Director O.C. Garza said each group has to prove it followed the contract and attracted outside visitors before receiving funding.

"This sets out how they will specifically use the funds," he said. "All they have to do is follow through on their contracts."

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