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Old Posted May 17, 2017, 12:08 PM
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Travis county wants their cut.

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/loca...ncToY2ydxzELJ/


I'm sure the northeast park soccer field sells lots of hotel rooms <sarcasm>


How about Austin raises rates 2% in the city limits, and TC raises its tax on the hotels in unincorporated travis county (since that's all they ever seem to spend money on).
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Old Posted May 17, 2017, 8:12 PM
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Travis county wants their cut.

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/loca...ncToY2ydxzELJ/


I'm sure the northeast park soccer field sells lots of hotel rooms <sarcasm>


How about Austin raises rates 2% in the city limits, and TC raises its tax on the hotels in unincorporated travis county (since that's all they ever seem to spend money on).

I think it's very very likely that the county will try to use that money to build a new arena and expo center at the Travis County Expo Grounds. The current proposal is big enough to attract top end events like the Erwin center currently does. It would not be big enough to host a NBA or NHL team but I don't think that is a problem. It also creates a new hotel district close to that facility and the county currently is preserving land for hotel/restaurant use.

That would require a county wide vote though. The other option for expanding the convention center would be taking some of the bonds spent for the last expansion and applying it to a new one but that would also require a vote for City of Austin residents.

I would vote for both.
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Old Posted May 18, 2017, 6:46 AM
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The design commission is meeting on this one on May 22 for the Hilton skywalk.

http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=277064
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I think it's very very likely that the county will try to use that money to build a new arena and expo center at the Travis County Expo Grounds. The current proposal is big enough to attract top end events like the Erwin center currently does. It would not be big enough to host a NBA or NHL team but I don't think that is a problem. It also creates a new hotel district close to that facility and the county currently is preserving land for hotel/restaurant use.
It would be one thing if they had decided they wanted to do that, then sat down and needed to figure out how to pay for it.

But according the the various reports, it seems to be the exact opposite. They don't want to miss their chance at their "cut", so they're throwing things against the wall to see what sticks.

https://www.austinmonitor.com/storie...sioners-court/

I might vote for the former, but I'd vote against the later.
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It would be one thing if they had decided they wanted to do that, then sat down and needed to figure out how to pay for it.

But according the the various reports, it seems to be the exact opposite. They don't want to miss their chance at their "cut", so they're throwing things against the wall to see what sticks.

https://www.austinmonitor.com/storie...sioners-court/

I might vote for the former, but I'd vote against the later.
That was a good article -- it really put the County's reasoning into more perspective. That is, the city might unilaterally max out the HOT tax, and the County -- which hasn't been engaged up till this point, will lose out completely. AND look like asses.

My bet is that the Mayor/Council bundles a more complete Palm Park rehab into the ACC reno package (parts of which are already included in the proposed plan) and the County gets a public "win," in exchange for their support for ACC expansion itself.

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