HOT tax timeline approved

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With eye on virus, county will distribute at least $184,400

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Gillespie County commissioners approved the hotel occupancy tax funds timeline and set the minimum as a total of $184,400.

During their regular meeting Monday, the commissioners considered a sublease request in an airport business hangar and discussed changes to the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office.

Hotel Occupancy Tax

The commissioners approved a tentative timeline for distribution of 2021 Hotel Occupancy tax funds.

             Some of the 2020 funds were not used, returned or used to advertise events that were later canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With at least $14,500 returned last year, the commissioners considered adding these funds to this year’s total.

They considered the changing effects of COVID-19 on hotels’ use of these funds and approved the minimum of $184,400.

HOT funds timeline

• Jan. 27: Begin distributing application packets.

• March 3: Applications due by 5 p.m. to the County Auditor.

•March 22: Commissioners will discuss and approve applications.

Sheriff’s Office

In addition to approving the hiring of a new jailer, the commissioners listened to Sheriff Buddy Mills’ request for a Peace Officer Training Reimbursement Agreement.

The agreement would allow Mills to use money from his current training budget to send individuals to attend classes required to become a peace officer.

Mills said the agreement would allow them to invest in an individual employee.

The commissioners decided to contact other counties with similar agreements, and continue the discussion at a later time.

Airport subleases

Steve Allen of Blue Sky Hangars, LLC requested approval to sublease a business hangar at the Gillespie County Airport, 191 Airport Road.

Allen is currently in negotiation with Hood Tech Corp. Aero Inc (TacAero) who will take over the business; however, Allen aims to retain some assets and sub-lease the property.

The commissioners will readdress this request once the conditions of the sublease are clarified.

Other actions

• Set a public hearing for Feb. 28 to revise subdivision plan of Open Space 1 and Lost 35 of the Sonoma and Pedernales Phase 1, Precinct 3.

• Approved County Commissioner, Precinct 4 Donnie Schuch as Judge Pro Tem.

• Approved new appointments for Salary Grievance committee.

• Approved an agreement with RAC, Inc. Elevator Inspection Service to perform annual safety test on elevators at Gillespie County Jail.

• The full Commissioners Court agenda for Jan. 11 is available online: https://bit.ly/2XtvGCb