If you received funding from last year’s County Hotel Motel Tax Funds, please include information regarding the event or project that was funded. The information should include how the funds were utilized, the number of people that attended and the number of local hotel rooms utilized because of the funding. This is a very important step if you were previously funded!
A public hearing on the allocation of Hotel/Motel Funds will be scheduled in February. If you have any questions please call 883-7770 (Bobby Fillyaw).
cc: Carl Thibodeaux, County Judge
HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX USE GUIDELINES
UNDER TEXAS STATE LAW AND FUNDING APPLICATION FORM
State Law: By law of the State of Texas, the County of Orange collects a Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) from hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts and inns. Under state law, the revenue from the HOT may be used only to directly promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry. Chapter 352 of the Tax Code states that the use of HOT funds is limited to:
Convention Centers and Visitor Information Centers: the acquisition of sites for and the construction, improvement, enlarging, equipping, repairing operation and maintenance of convention center facilities or visitor information centers, or both;
Registration of Convention Delegates: the furnishing of facilities, personnel, and materials for the registration of convention delegates or registrants;
Advertising, Solicitations and Promotions that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry: advertising and conducting solicitations and promotional programs to attract tourists and convention delegates or registrants to the municipality or its vicinity;
Promotions of the Arts that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry: that the encouragement, promotion, improvement, and application of the arts, including instrumental and vocal music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and allied fields, painting, sculpture photography, graphic and craft arts, motion picture, radio, television, tape and sound recording, and other arts related to the presentation, performance, execution, and exhibition of these major art forms, and