County to begin taking HOT fund applications today

Gillespie County is getting ready to slice up a $120,000 Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) fund “pie” among local organizations and who proves they can “put heads in beds” will get the largest bites.

Deadline for applications by those seeking a portion of the funds are being accepted starting today, Jan. 29, through the close of business on Monday, March 3.

A final decision on who gets what is expected to be made by the Gillespie County Commissioners Court at its regular session planned Monday, March 24, in the county courtroom of the courthouse.

Purpose of HOT funding is to assist and support qualifying events, projects and programs in promoting tourism to the county, which increases business at overnight accommodations.

The $120,000 to be divided up among the local groups is a disbursement of actual funds collected from visitors/tourists who used overnight venues in the county over the last year.

Texas law allows Gillespie County to collect the Hotel Occupancy Tax from hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and inns located in the unincorporated areas of the county outside the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of the City of Fredericksburg.

By law, HOT revenue may be used only for specific tourism-related purposes.

There is a two-part set of criteria to determine whether a proposed applicant is worthy of funding. 

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