At the Rosenberg City Council meeting last week, council declined to allocate $3,000 to The Fort Bend History Association for marketing related to the Texian Market Days. But Mayor Bill Benton isn’t sure that was the right choice.
At a special called meeting Tuesday, council members have the chance to reconsider providing funding for the event. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:20 p.m. at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St.
The Hotel Occupancy Tax committee met in September to review five projects it recommended for funding.
Of the five projects, the Fort Bend History Association was the only applicant that did not receive funding from the city. The special meeting was requested by Benton to provide an opportunity for council to reconsider the application from the association.
A representative of the association will be present to field any questions.
Council members Isaac Davila, Lisa Wallingford and Kevin Raines said they were against giving money to the association because it is not in Rosenberg.
Council members Jacob Balderas, Richard Olson and Benton were in favor of granting the $3,000, which was requested to meet marketing expenses related to its Oct. 26 Texian Market Days event.
“There’s nothing about Rosenberg on (The Fort Bend History Association) website,” Wallingford said. “They’re not advertising any of our events. They’re not advertising any of our attractions that we have to promote Fort Bend County.”
Wallingford admitted that when this was discussed in the HOT committee she voted in favor, but later changed her mind.
Olson made a motion to grant the association’s request. The motion was seconded by Balderas. Benton voted in favor of the item as well.
The mayor clarified that he wouldn’t feel comfortable pulling the rug out from under the association. Because councilmember Steven DeGreorio was not present and Wallingford, Raines and Davila voted against it, the motion failed due to a split vote.
Citizens who wish to speak on this item must sign up in advance.
The Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting will begin immediately after the special meeting. Because Texian Market Days takes place this weekend, council must make a decision Tuesday in order for the history association to use the funds for marketing purposes.