The Hotel Occupancy Tax Committee has been working hard to allocate funds for worthy projects. At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, council members will consider allotting $100,000 to four organizations requesting funds.
The Hotel Occupancy Tax committee met in September to review the five projects it recommended for funding.
The Rosenberg Railroad Museum has asked for $40,000 for the education station renovation project. Additionally, the HOT committee has allocated another $10,000 to the railroad museum for marketing purposes. The museum is a nonprofit organization. The Rosenberg Railroad Museum is located at 1921 Ave. F.
Council members will also consider allocating $4,762 to the Art League of Fort Bend for marketing purposes. The Fort Bend Art Center is located at 2012 Ave. G in Rosenberg.
HOT revenues may also be allocated to CAST Theatrical for marketing purposes in the amount of $9,000.
The final project to be given HOT funds is the Fort Bend History Association, in the amount of $3,000 for marketing for Texian Market Days. Hosted by the Fort Bend County Museum and George Ranch Historical Park, the festival will be held Oct. 26 at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.
Texian Market Days allows guests to enjoy hands-on activities, battle re-enactments, live entertainment, first-person costumed interpreters, historic home tours, games, cowboys, vintage vehicles, food, craft vendors and more.
HOT funds are derived from the tax paid by customers of hotels.
Hal Ben Grady, Terry Turney, John Herne, council member Lisa Wallingford and Mayor Bill Benton sit on the HOT committee.
Council members will also consider authorizing eminent domain to acquire property for the U.S. 59/Spur 10 utility extension project. Eminent domain is the power of the government to take private property and convert it into public use.
According to city staff, this 25-foot wide strip of land is underground.