Tag Archives: Hotel Occupancy Tax

Thursday, May 13, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Tourism Commission recommendations include gondolas funded by hotel tax

A transit system geared toward tourists, paying Austin musicians to promote local tourism, and a variety of programming and promotional efforts for historic sites are among a new batch of recommended uses for the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars. This…

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission eyes funding apart from hotel tax among 2021 priorities

The Music Commission wants to decrease the role that Hotel Occupancy Tax will play in funding arts and music programs in the coming years, possibly relying more on the city’s General Fund or other revenue sources while the local hospitality…

Friday, October 23, 2020 by Alyssa Weinstein

City considers racial equity in Hotel Occupancy Tax distribution

Earlier this month, the city’s Economic Development Department provided an update and offered a handful of recommendations for how it plans to use Hotel Occupancy Tax funds to achieve greater racial equity in Austin. The three high-level recommendations mainly have…

Monday, July 27, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission eyes police dollars instead of hotel tax to support Black music fund

Included in the Music Commission’s request to create a Black Live Music Fund may be a suggestion that the city look for money outside of the Hotel Occupancy Tax – including funds intended for law enforcement – to rebuild the…

Monday, June 15, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Tourism leaders see multiyear hit to tourism business and hotel tax from Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic is expected to cause a drop in local tourism and events business for at least five years, with a decline of at least 25 percent in hotel business this year and an ongoing drag on the city’s…

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City braces for cuts to cultural arts funding, citing likely drastic hotel tax drop

The city has advised local artists and cultural contractors to hold off on submitting proposals for the next cycle of Cultural Arts project funding because of a likely drastic cut in arts money due to the impact of the Covid-19…

Monday, January 27, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts community hears feedback on city’s diversity goals for cultural funding

The initial summary of feedback on how the city should consider diversity and equity in funding decisions for Cultural Arts found a wide array of concerns shared from more than 600 participants in recent community input sessions. The presentation Saturday…

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by Jack Craver

County sets up new committee to put pressure on city leaders over Expo Center

Travis County leaders want to put pressure on the city of Austin to help them rebuild the aging exposition center. On Tuesday the Commissioners Court voted unanimously to set up a nine-member committee tasked with “engaging and educating Travis County…

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Tourism Commission hears latest on convention center progress, homelessness funds

City staffers are engaged in talks with the owners of two and a half blocks of property located west of the Austin Convention Center in an attempt to learn what kinds of sales, leases or other property agreements can be…

Monday, December 9, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Music commissioners want urgency, care in spending hotel tax money for industry

Members of the Music Commission and interest groups related to the city’s music industry are pushing for quick decisions on how to spend an initial pool of Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars that City Council allocated for the city’s commercial music…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by Jack Craver

Eckhardt offers the city Palm School in exchange for expo center, hotel tax

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt says that she and her colleagues on the Commissioners Court are willing to give away the Palm School to the city of Austin. But they want a couple of big things in return. In a…

Friday, November 15, 2019 by Jack Craver

Eckhardt hopes city will pare down convention center plans for sake of Expo Center

Travis County voters gave county government the go-ahead last week to rebuild the aging exposition center on Decker Lane, but it could be a decade before the project breaks ground. County Proposition A, which passed with 63 percent of the…

Monday, October 14, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Task force to recommend uses for hotel tax money for music industry

With millions of dollars from the city’s hotel tax expected soon to be available for use by the local music industry, the Music Commission is forming a task force to advise City Council on the best way to use those…

Monday, September 23, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Council approves $3M annually from hotel tax for musicians, venues

For the first time, Austin’s city government will provide direct annual funding to the local commercial music industry, including venues and performing musicians. On Thursday, City Council unanimously approved an ordinance and amendments to city code covering the allocation of…

Monday, September 16, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Eyeing hotel tax dollars, Music Commission signs on to support convention center

With City Council set to consider two items on Thursday related to the proposed expansion of the Austin Convention Center, the Austin Music Commission voted last week to support the plan, which is projected to cost more than $1 billion…

Thursday, September 12, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Should hotel taxes and festival fees contribute to public safety coffers?

Austin’s festivals are most certainly a tourist attraction. But does that mean the public safety costs associated with those events should be financed through money earmarked for arts and tourism? With Council’s vote to raise the Hotel Occupancy Tax by…

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County asks voters to approve future hotel tax for expo center

Travis County isn’t giving up on getting a taste of the hotel tax. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted to put a measure on the November ballot that, if approved, would authorize the county to levy a 2 percent tax…

Friday, August 9, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council approves hotel tax increase

Despite requests from Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and commissioners Margaret Gómez, Brigid Shea and Jeff Travillion, Austin City Council voted early Friday to approve a 2 percent increase in the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax, which will allow the city…

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Showdown over hotel tax increases could put city and county at odds

A week after the Travis County Commissioners Court voted to explore tapping a 2 percent increase in the local Hotel Occupancy Tax for its own uses, Austin City Council appears set to claim the same tax increase to fund an…

Friday, July 26, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County eyes hotel tax to renovate expo center

The Travis County Commissioners Court made a move Tuesday that could put it in direct competition with the city of Austin for millions of dollars of future revenue from hotel stays. The three commissioners present voted unanimously to ask county…

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