Tag Archives: Hotel Occupancy Tax

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 letter…

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 vote,…

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 the…

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 2…

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 on…

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 staff…

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Music advocates push for portion of possible hotel tax increase

Local groups organized around improving the financial standing of Austin musicians are preparing to push city leaders to dedicate funds from the proposed expansion of the Austin Convention Center toward the city’s commercial music industry.The groups include Music Moves Austin,…

Friday, May 24, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs Palm School, convention center ideas

In a stunning victory for Mayor Steve Adler and Council Member Kathie Tovo, the Austin City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a 27-page resolution directing city staff to gather all the information necessary to move forward with an extensive renovation…

Monday, April 22, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Tourism Commission asks Council to pursue hotel tax collection on STRs

The Tourism Commission wants City Council to revisit and possibly make changes to its ordinance covering short-term rentals, with the goal of increasing the amount of Hotel Occupancy Tax coming into city coffers.The commission voted unanimously at this month’s meeting…

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Tourism Commission examines whether hotel tax could keep live music on Sixth Street

The handful of music venues still operating in the city’s historic district along Sixth Street could be considered for preservation and infrastructure improvements using money from the Hotel Occupancy Tax.That idea was one of several offered for further examination by…

Friday, March 22, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

As hotel tax growth slows, Tourism Commission targets short-term rentals

The growth of short-term rental activity in the city and a possible saturation of the local hotel market are seen as the biggest causes behind a flattening of Austin’s once fast-growing Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue.That was the conclusion at this…

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

UT study at center of debate on tourism, hotel tax and expansion proposal

A forthcoming report from a group of University of Texas architectural students may be the next significant piece of research shaping the ongoing debate over how the city uses its Hotel Occupancy Tax funds.That study – commissioned last year for…

Friday, December 14, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Tourism Commission pushes for broader use of hotel tax dollars

Austin’s Tourism Commission wants to see the city push for more latitude in how to spend local hotel occupancy tax dollars, with an eye toward next year’s session of the state Legislature.At Monday’s meeting, the commission approved a recommendation for…

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Debate over convention center, hotel tax funds spreads to Music Commission

A recently created music activism group has been thrown into the fray of the debate – largely playing out in meetings of the new Tourism Commission – over how to spend money the city generates through its roughly $100 million…

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Cuts to arts groups brings call for changes to funding mechanism

Local arts groups facing dramatic cuts in their funding levels from the city could get some relief this budget year, and possibly an earlier heads-up in future budget years if their funding allocations appear headed for a decrease.The city’s Arts…

Monday, April 9, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Council approves preservation projects with $5.5M from hotel tax

More than a dozen projects related to the preservation of Austin’s historic buildings will move ahead, with more to follow in coming budget years, using money from the city’s portion of its Hotel Occupancy Tax.Last month City Council approved a…

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