The Rosenberg City Council agreed on Tuesday to spend $59,761 of its $75,000 in Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Funds to help promote and advertise many local entities.
HOT taxes are taxes placed on each nights’ stay at a hotel. The funds can then be used to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industries in the area, according to the Texas Comptroller.
The Texas rate is 6% of the price paid for lodging.
The largest amount allocated was $15,000 to the Rosenberg Railroad Museum for “festivals and event marketing.”
Councilman Marc Morales praised the museum’s “educational advantages” and endorsed any measures of assistance.
“It’s a very good project and I believe it is an utmost important venue in the city of Rosenberg because I looked at the visitors’ zip codes and they vary from Cypress to Conroe to all locations around,” Morales said. “Anything that we can do to improve the museum and benefit the city’s merchants, I’m all for it.”
Executive Director Rainey Webster also spoke during Tuesday’s meeting in favor of using more funds to help complete the museum’s caboose restoration project.
“I had applied for funding to restore our historical caboose,” Webster said. “The exterior has been completed but the interior still needs a lot of work. The floor, the walls and the windows are still unsafe. They open and children can fall off.”
Mayor Kevin Raines told Webster the project would be revisited in a workshop setting.
The next largest award was $12,500 to help market the 2022 East vs. West Bayou Bowl. The annual game showcases the best high school football in the greater Houston area. The alignment is divided by the I-45 Highway.
The Bayou Bowl committee has already reserved 58 rooms for four nights, Raines said. The all-star game will take place at Traylor Stadium in Rosenberg.
The Black Cowboy Museum at 1104 Third St. also is to receive $8,000 to host its annual Legendary Cowboys of Southwest Texas Awards Banquet.
Council also approved to pay 60% of the cost for an art mural for the Art League of Fort Bend County.
Council will also cover up to $6,660 for the cost and pay for $1,340 for art center promotion, Director of Communications Tanya Kveton said.
Council also agreed to similar deals with Mrs. Claus Cookie Co. for a mural worth $5,750 and a $4,185 mural for Wild Blossoms Texas. The council agreed to pay up to 60% for both projects.
The Rendezvous Event Center & Backyard received $5,800 and the Cast Theatrical Company community theater received $4,500 in marketing and advertising.
The city’s HOT Fund still has $15,239 remaining.