City of Vidor accepting applications for Hotel Occupancy Tax grants

City of Vidor accepting applications for Hotel Occupancy Tax grants

The City of Vidor is accepting applications for Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) grants for fiscal year 2016-17, and the Sept. 7 deadline for eligible businesses to apply is fast approaching.

According to Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst, HOT grants are basically meant to put “heads into beds” at local hotels.

Businesses must fit into one of nine statutorily authorized categories to qualify for HOT grants, said Kunst. Those categories are convention and visitor centers, convention registration, advertising the city, promotion of the arts, historical restoration and preservation, sporting events in a county under one million in population, enhancing or upgrading existing sports facilities or sports field (only in certain cities), tourist transportation systems and signage directing the public to sights and attractions that are visited frequently by hotel guests in the city.

The Vidor City Council will have a special meeting to consider HOT grant applications on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 1396 N. Main St. At the meeting, the council will allow one speaker per application to present the merits of their application to the City Council, followed by questions from the council. After the presentations and questions, council will determine the amount to award applicants, if any.

Kunst reminds those who were awarded a HOT grant for fiscal year 2015-16 that HOT grant follow-up forms are also due by Sept. 7.

All applications and follow-up forms must be submitted to Kunst by 5 p.m. on Sept. 7. Applications for a HOT grant or the HOT grant follow-up form maybe picked up at Vidor City Hall, or by visiting www.cityofvidor.com. Further information can be obtained on the city website or by calling Mike Kunst at (409) 769-5473, ext. 140.

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