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City Council to name committee for spending hotel tax dollars

By Melissa Crowe
June 16, 2013 at 1:16 a.m.


The committee in charge of doling out thousands for Victoria's nonprofits could see a new member.

Victoria City Council is expected to vote Tuesday whether to reappoint four members and appoint someone new to fill a vacant position on the five-person Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund Committee.

The committee's members represent the interests of the hotel and convention industry. Two members represent the hotel industry, and the other members represent arts, history and sports communities.

Mayor Paul Polasek said several community members have approached him about being appointed.

To be considered, you must fill out an application, which is available on the city's website and the city secretary's office.

Current committee members Charles Grant, George Matthews, Sheron Barnes and Vic Caldwell have expressed a desire to continue their service on this committee. Zona Sweeny would like to step down from her position.

Mike Rivera has applied for an appointment to represent sporting interests.

The committee allocates hotel tax dollars to Victoria's nonprofit groups.

Councilman Tom Halepaska said the process is time-consuming and includes review applications, interviewing applicants and then deciding how much to allocate.

When council was in charge of spreading the money, Halepaska said, "It got awfully politicized, and people were lobbying us for their favorite cause."

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