Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant Applications Due

Posted by Katrina Smith. Posted in Front Page

words hotel occupancy tax in yellow and white on black background with picture of hotelIt is time again to apply for Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) grants. Any organization or individual wanting to apply for a HOT grant from the City of Vidor for the fiscal year of 2016-2017 must have their application submitted to Mike Kunst, City Manager, no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2016. 

Basically, HOT grants are to put “heads into beds” of local hotels, but must fit into one of nine statutorily authorized categories. Those categories are:  (1) convention and visitor centers; (2) convention registration; (3) advertising the city; (4) promotion of the arts; (5) historical restoration and preservation; (6) sporting events in a county under one million in population; (7) enhancing or upgrading existing sports facilities or sports field (only in certain cities); (8) tourist transportation systems; and (9) signage directing the public to sights and attractions that are visited frequently by hotel guests in the city.

On Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m., the Vidor City Council will have a special-called meeting to consider the HOT grant applications. At this meeting, one speaker per application will be allowed to present to the City Council the merits of their application, followed by Council’s questions, if needed.  Following all the presentations and questions, the Council will determine the amount to award the applications.
A reminder for those who were awarded a HOT grant for fiscal year 2015-2016, if HOT grant follow-up forms have not completed and filed, those are also due by September 7th.

Click HERE for the HOT grants application
Follow-up form is available HERE
Further information regarding Hotel Occupancy Tax can be found HERE
Click HERE for information regarding what cities need to know to administer Municipal Hotel Occupancy Taxes