Victoria City Council gives final OK to hotel tax contracts

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

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

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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