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Austin at Large: Drop Your Ballot Like It's HOT
And then, someday, we'll make serious policy about our venues
"...operations could be financed once it opens with ... hotel occupancy tax revenue. I Know. Heads Are Exploding...."

Nov. 1, 2019 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

City Accused of Killing Contracts in Retaliation for Prop B Support
City spokesperson denies political retribution against Austin Independent Business Alliance in ongoing convention center drama
"...major expansion of the Convention Center and re-allocate the Hotel Occupancy Tax funds). Wrote Melançon: "These are longstanding contracts..."

Nov. 1, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Chronicle Endorsements for the November 5 Election
"...The law it's tied to requires localities to grant tax exemptions (regardless of their post-disaster fiscal needs) to impacted..."

Oct. 18, 2019 News Feature by The Chronicle Editorial Board

Whose Money Is Behind the Convention Center Election Battle?
Local PACs raise and spend for and against Prop. B
"...Nov. 5 referendum election dropped this week, and the Hotel Occupancy Tax and Convention Center expansion question (Proposition B)..."

Oct. 11, 2019 News Post by Michael King

Here's What's on the Nov. 5 Ballot in Austin
A quick guide to the propositions you'll be yea-ing or nay-ing
"...a cap of 34% on how much of Austin's Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) can be allocated toward expanding the..."

Oct. 11, 2019 News Post by Sarah Marloff

It's Almost Time for an Election!
Are you ready for November 5?
"...a cap of 34% on how much of Austin's Hotel Occupancy Tax can be allocated toward expanding the Neal..."

Oct. 4, 2019 News Feature by Saskia Henn

Faster Than Sound: Historic Approval of City Tax Fund for Local Music
With $3 million in HOT monies, music advocates gear up for vote on Prop B, the Far Out finds its footing in South Austin, and more music news
"...Council members unanimously voted to route a portion of hotel occupancy tax to homegrown industry. As reported here this..."

Sept. 27, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

New, Improved Camping Ban Fizzles at Council
Consensus collapses as the hot summer of homelessness drags on
"...will come from the recent increase of the city’s Hotel Occupancy Taxand serve as a complement to existing HOT..."

Sept. 23, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Faster Than Sound: Cheer Up Charlies Principal Maggie Lea Takes on Breast Cancer
Cheer Up Charlies co-owner reflects on business and mental health evolution following diagnosis. Meanwhile, the Convention Center expansion gets approval by Music Commission, and Project ATX6 announces a new lineup.
"...a point of positivity. In the shadow of Downtown hotel developments, Cheer Ups is signed on for five more..."

Sept. 13, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Point Austin: Is There a Lawyer in the House?
Legal opinions abound in the lead-up to November's elections
"...expansion of the Con­ven­tion Center and re-allocate the city's Hotel Occupancy Tax revenues to prioritize "Aus­tin's Cultural Tourism Indus­try"..."

Aug. 30, 2019 News Column by Michael King

City Council Moves Along From the Ballot to the Budget
4700 Riverside inches forward, propositions tweaked
"...includes the citizen-drafted ordinance's proposed allocation of the city's Hotel Occupancy Tax revenues...."

Aug. 30, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Third Court of Appeals Rejects Convention Center Ballot Language
Unconventionalists win a round against Council
"...the City Council concerning the Convention Center and the Hotel Occupancy Tax...."

Aug. 26, 2019 News Post by Michael King

Residents to Vote for Hotel Occupancy Tax Allocation, Soccer
County, city grapple for hotel dollars
"...to give the county authority to levy a 2-cent tax on hotel stays, with new revenues put toward redevelopment..."

Aug. 23, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

PHAM PAC Pushes Back on Hotel Occupancy Tax Plan
Community groups unite to oppose Prop B
"...City Council took action to both raise the city's Hotel Occupancy Tax and adopt the Prop B ballot language..."

Aug. 16, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

City, County Clash Over Future Hotel Tax
The city’s “Palm District” vs. the county’s Expo Center
"...election ballot to seek approval for a countywide 2% Hotel Occupancy Tax, on top of the HOT levied currently..."

Aug. 16, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Faster Than Sound: Eimaral Sol’s Journey to RAS Day
Local neo-soul singer Eimaral Sol puts her spiritual spin on the all-women-led RAS Day lineup, City Council approves Red River improvements, Blakchyl leads her East Austin tour, and cult song funny man Dick Price passes
"...music, the advocates pushed for an increase in the Hotel Occupancy Tax to expand the Convention Center, which Council..."

Aug. 16, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

City Council Moves Gently on Riverside Redevelopment, Less So on Hotel Occupancy Tax
First meeting after summer break features plenty of theatrics
"...10- to 20-year buildout, go 4,700 residential units, 600 hotel rooms, and over 4 million square feet of office..."

Aug. 9, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Political Action Committee Proclaims Support for Convention Center
PHAM says expansion means millions in community benefits
"...with City Council poised to vote on raising the Hotel Occupancy Tax to expand the Convention Center — community..."

Aug. 8, 2019 News Post by Michael King

Headlines
"...appeared poised to vote Thursday to authorize raising Austin's Hotel Occupancy Tax by 2%, to the maximum level allowed..."

Aug. 9, 2019 News Feature

Public Notice: They’re Baaack!
Council faces a busy first week
"...in mind, I will support going to the full tax rate increase of 8% this year to prepare ourselves..."

Aug. 2, 2019 News Column by Nick Barbaro

To Expand the Convention Center or Not?
Despite unanimous support from City Council, voters will decide the answer
"...a 2% increase in the city's share of the Hotel Occupancy Tax paid by visitors to Austin – would..."

July 19, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Palm School: A Battle Between City, County, Advocates, and Rodeo Austin
County Judge Eckhardt goes big, community stands firm
"...County, local Latinx leaders, mental health providers, the Fairmont Hotel, and even Rodeo Austin. At the center of the..."

July 19, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Petitions Filed to Force Vote on Convention Center
“Unconventional Austin” PAC submits signatures to city clerk
"...voted in favor of pursuing the expansion say the Hotel Occupancy Tax increase it allows will also help underwrite..."

July 15, 2019 News Post by Michael King

Headlines
"...on city land) ... and two cents from the Hotel Occupancy Tax, which currently goes to the city. Discussions..."

July 12, 2019 News Feature

Faster Than Sound: Music Advocates Say Convention Center Expansion Key to Unlocking City Funds
Can the commercial music industry finally get a cut of the HOT action? Also: City protects venue employees from receiving sound citations and Austin rapper Hella Sketchy dies of overdose.
"...The target: hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds. Collected from visitors, the third-largest..."

July 5, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Battle Lines Drawn on Convention Center Expansion
Arguments escalate on how to spend hotel occupancy tax revenue
"...along with other changes to how the city uses hotel occupancy tax (HOT) revenue – changes that city and..."

June 14, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Battle Lines Drawn Over Convention Center Expansion
CM Jimmy Flannigan and AIBA ED Rebecca Melançon don't see eye to eye
"...be expanded in the future using bonds backed by hotel occupancy tax, “paid by tourists, not by local taxpayers,”..."

June 5, 2019 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Council Moves on Convention Center Plans
The 24-page resolution brings together many of the moving parts from last summer’s “Downtown Puzzle”
"...would largely come from a 2-cent hike in the hotel occupancy tax, and explicitly would not come from redirecting..."

May 31, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

The Growing State of Downtown
Downtown Austin Alliance releases status report on development
"...The area brought in more than $540 million in tax revenue for the city in 2018, with 47% of..."

April 30, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

City Council Considers the Convention Center
Plans big and small for the city center
"...any project depends on adding 2% to the existing Hotel Occupancy Tax to underwrite Con­vention Center expansion (a limited..."

April 5, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

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