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Alpine hotel/motel tax funding awarded

September 19th, 2013 under Top Stories

By BRYON GARRISON

ALPINE – The city council announced the recipients of the hotel/motel tax money at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The total projected revenue is $480,000, which is collected by hotels and motels that levy the room tax. The council voted to earmark seven percent of that revenue to handle administrative costs.

That was an increase of six percent over their initial plan of only using one percent toward administration. The change was the only modification to the former city manger Harrington budget that the council made. A total of $346,166 was allocated to local businesses, cultural projects and the city’s administration.

Hotel/motel funding is awarded to new and existing businesses that bring tourists and travelers to Alpine and put “heads in beds” for cultural and local events.

The Cowboys baseball team is receiving money for the fourth year in a row. They asked for $25,000 and received $20,000, a $5,000 increase over last year.

Gallery Night/Alpine ArtWalk applied for $35,000 and were awarded $20,000. Their mural project received a separate $5,000.

The Big Bend Balloon Bash asked for $10,000 and received $5,000, which is the same amount they received last year.  They have been given assistance for eight years.

The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo received $15,000.  This is the same amount as last year.

A new recipient this year is the Big Bend Film Commission.  Their organization was the only one given the stipulation requiring matching funds up to $20,000.

The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering asked for $15,000 and received $15,000.

Blue Sky Productions asked for $3,366 and received it. The Center for Big Bend Studies received $10,000. The Chamber of Commerce received $72,000.  The family Crisis Center received $2,000. Historic Alpine received $1,500.  The Museum of the Big Bend received $35,000.  The Texas Mountain Trail asked for $6,000 and received $5,000. The Theater of the Big Bend received $10,000. Viva Big Bend was a new recipient and received $7,000. Vast Graphics which handles the city’s advertising received $100,000, which includes the city’s advertising budget. The Taste of Big Bend did not present and received no funding.

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