The Orange County Hotel Occupancy Tax Committee met on Thursday, March 7, 2013 to review thirteen qualified applications for funding from the County’s Hotel Occupancy Tax fund.  The applications totaled $224,858.  The Committee, however, pared down the requested funds to a total of $77,200.  The Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 27th at the Orange County Commissioner’s Courtroom, 123 6th Street, Orange, Texas at 10:00 a.m.  The Committee will hear from the entities making application for the funds and from any interested party wishing to comment on the expenditure of the funds.

The total amount of funds available to the Committee for this fiscal year is $192,000 less $60,000 previously dedicated to the Bassmasters Elite Series fishing tournament.  All remaining monies will be dedicated to funding the Orange County Convention and Expo Center located on Highway 1442 south of Interstate 10.

Once the hearing is completed, the Committee will make a formal recommendation to the County Commissioner’s Court for expenditure of the funds.  The final decision for spending the funds will be made by the Commissioners at that time.  This funding cycle is for the 2012-2013 fiscal years. 

Organization

 Original Amount Requested

 

 Committee Recommendation

Bridge City Chamber/Historical Museum

                        $30,000.00

 

 $10,000.00

 Bridge City Historical Society – Heritage Festival        

$25,000.00

 

 $4,000.00

 Bridge City Historical Society – 4th of July Celebration

$  8,000.00

 

 $2,000.00

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce

$20,000.00

 

 $15,000.00

 Gulf Coast Cajun Chapter CFMA

$12,000.00

 

 $2,000.00

Heritage House

$25,000.00

 

 $ 10,000.00 

Lutcher Theater

$30,000.00

 

 $5,000.00

Orange County EDC – Hotel Membership

                $10,500.00

 

 $8,000.00

Orange County EDC - Video

$  3,500.00

 

 $2,000.00

 Orange County Historical Commission

$7,000.00

 

 $3,200.00

Orangefield Cormier Museum  #1

$4,000.00

 

  $4,000.00

Orangefield Cormier Museum – Oil Centennial

$24,858.00

 

  $2,000.00

Vidor Chamber of Commerce – Conn Park

$25,000.00

 

  $10,000.00

Totals

$224,858.00

 

   $77,200.00