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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

Council: Seeking Consensus on Hotel Occupancy Tax
City Council’s HOT debate masks deeper divisions
"...financial horizon is turning partly cloudy (e.g., estimated sales tax revenues, always a volatile income stream, look slimmer, and..."

Sept. 8, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

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

Playback: Sizing Up Music's Bite of the Hotel Tax
Two new municipal funding schemes look to finally impact Austin music
"...featuring original live music, then stumble back to their hotels with a band T-shirt draped over their shoulder and..."

Sept. 15, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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

Council: Heating Up the HOT Tax
Mayor moves to defend his solutions to the “Downtown Puzzle”
"..."Downtown Puzzle," a multi-pronged, still-developing initiative to raise the Hotel Occupancy Tax, expand the Convention Center, facilitate a Tourism..."

Sept. 1, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

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

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

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

Council: Downtown Puzzle or Rubik’s Cube?
Dais division brewing over hotel tax spending, tourism industry
"...uncertain prospects, Mayor Steve Adler has dropped his AISD “tax swap” proposal. Now he’s hoping he can salvage funding..."

Aug. 28, 2017 News Post by Michael King

The Daily Hustle: 2/23/11
Vacation rentals in HOT water
"...offered by HomeAway.com aren't paying their share of the Hotel Occupancy Tax...."

Feb. 23, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

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

The Mayor's Plan to Fix Everything
Adler to announce Downtown revitalization plan
"...of the homeless population – all without raising property taxes on city residents...."

July 16, 2017 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Putting Together the Downtown Puzzle
A closer look at Mayor Adler’s proposals to solve (and pay for) Downtown conundrums
"...capture conventions currently going elsewhere; extend the Waller Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District to fully implement its "chain..."

Sept. 22, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Page Two
"...two large bookings simultaneously. This means a loss of hotel/motel occupancy nights as well as loss of bed tax..."

April 17, 1998 Column by Nick Barbaro

City Arts Funding
A new clash over what arts groups are legally entitled to bed tax funds
"...Texas. Sounds like a cultural enterprise worthy of our tax dollars, right? Kirk Watson thinks so; the former Austin..."

April 9, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

City Hall Hustle: Make Yourself at Home
Neighborhoods split over burgeoning vacation rentals
"...of home, at prices often lower than those for hotels, especially for longer stays...."

Feb. 4, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

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

Event Horizon
As festivals, crowds, and expenses proliferate – is Austin approaching major event overload?
"...of patronizing local businesses, amplifying city and state sales taxes, and other ancillary coffer-filling actions. As a respected cultural..."

July 12, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Point Austin: The Morning After
What voters said about taxes, city and county plans, and dogs
"...is not news that most Texans hate the word "taxes," whether it is pandered in the form of an..."

Nov. 8, 2019 News Column by Michael King

Travis County & City of Austin Election 2019: Final Results
City propositions go down; Expo Center wins voters’ hearts
"...the city's desired Convention Center expansion and reallocate Austin's hotel occupancy tax revenue – losing by almost 10 points...."

Nov. 8, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

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

Big Money, Big Money
Film incentives see massive boost
"...Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, says filmmakers and game developers have hotel owners to thank...."

May 31, 2013 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

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

Congratulations!
"...rest of her plan – to hold the effective tax rate increase to 6%. With all the hoop-de-doo about..."

Sept. 8, 2017 Postmarks

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

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

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

Downtown Puzzle: It Ain’t Solved Yet
Can the mayor make the pieces fit together?
"...issued in June, proposed a 2% increase in the hotel occupancy tax (HOT), as a funding stream to address..."

Dec. 29, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

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