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Victoria City Council to have less hotel tax money to distribute

By Sara Sneath
July 13, 2014 at 2:13 a.m.

If you go

WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Council Chambers, 107 W. Juan Linn St.


2013 recipients of hotel occupancy tax funds

•  $82,680 - Victoria Performing Arts Center Inc. for film festival and filmmaker incentives

•  $74,321 - Victoria Ballet Theatre for 2013-14 season

•  $66,673 - Theatre Victoria for 2013-14 season of shows

• $60,000 - Leo J. Welder Center for cinema projection upgrade

•  $55,000 - Victoria Regional Museum Association for 2013-14 exhibit season

• $50,000 - Victoria Symphony Society for 40th anniversary season

• $43,008 - Victoria Bach Festival Association for 2014 Victoria Bach Festival

•  $37,000 - Museum of the Coastal Bend for permanent exhibit updates and special project

• $22,500 - Victoria Fine Arts Association for Victoria JAM Fest

• $21,700 - Children's Discovery Museum for Texas Our Texas event

•  $14,675 - Victoria Preservation Inc. for the historic homes tour

• $10,000 - Warrior's Weekend for Warrior's Weekend, Heroes barbecue Cook-off/Car Show, Korean War Veterans Parade and the muster

• $3,000 - Quilt Guild of Greater Victoria for "Quilts, Quilts, Quilts, Act IX"

• $2,500 - Straight Arrow Archery Learning Center for Texas Indoor Junior Championships

• $2,500 - Victoria Jaycees for Third Annual Crossroads Cowboy Classic

• Total allocated: $545,557

The amount of financial support the city offers to arts and historical restoration programs and sporting events through hotel occupancy tax funds is expected to take a cut in 2014.

The City Council will determine the size of the cut Tuesday. Last year, the city designated $562,230 to be distributed to promote tourism, convention and hotel industries.

The overall fund size was $1.8 million in 2013. It is expected to be cut to between $1.65 million to $1.75 million this year, Finance Director Gilbert Reyna told the Advocate. The council is restricted by law on how much of the hotel tax it can distribute to specific groups. The primary purpose of the money is to bring in overnight visitors to Victoria.

The hotel occupancy tax funds are collected from overnight hotel guests, bed and breakfasts and other lodging facilities.

"Each year, the council decides how much money to put into that program, and then the money is distributed to various different applicants," said City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz.

The deadline to submit requests for hotel occupancy tax funds was June 30.



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