County issues request for hotel occupancy tax fund applications

The Orange County Hotel/Motel Tax Committee has released applications for nonprofit entities within the county to apply for a portion of the County’s Hotel/Motel Tax funds.

Any 501(C) organization in Orange County that attracts visitors to Orange County, Texas, can make application to the committee. There are a number of restrictions by state law as to how the funds can be utilized. Funds must be used in a manner that encourages overnight visitors to Orange County, and expenditures must fall within one of the following categories:

1. Convention centers and visitor information centers

2. Registration of convention delegates

3. Advertising, solicitations and promotions that directly promote tourism and the hotel and convention industry

4. Promotions of the arts that directly promote tourism and the hotel and convention industry

5. Historical restoration and preservation activities that directly promote tourism and the hotel and convention industry

6. Sporting event expenses that substantially increase economic activity at hotels

7. Certain portions of sporting facilities

8. Shuttle services for convention activities

The application and guidelines are available on the Orange County Economic Development Corporation’s website at www.orangecountyedc.com.

Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. Applied funds must be for activities occurring from Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, through Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

The Hotel/Motel Tax Committee will review the applications and hold a public hearing in early October. An open meetings notification will be published. Those submitting applications will be notified directly.

The committee will make recommendations to the Orange County Commissioners Court for expenditure of the funds, which will be disbursed through a post-event reimbursement evaluation once all supporting documentation has been received.

Applications may be submitted via e-mail to jhill@orangecountyedc.com or delivered by mail or in person to 123 S. 6th Street, Orange, TX 77630, Attention: Jessica Hill.

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