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

Brian Cuaron

July 17, 2011 at 2:17 a.m.

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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