Hotel Occupancy Tax Funding

City of Alpine
Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax

Texas Tax Code Chapter 351
allows the City of Alpine to collect Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) from hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and other lodging facilities. Under state law, the revenue from the HOT may be used only to directly promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry.

Events conducted by your organization may qualify for a grant of HOT Funds if your event or events promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry. Each year, Alpine City Council approves an amount of HOT Funds to be allocated to outside organizations for this purpose. Individual organizations are then awarded an amount based on the scoring criteria set forth in the HOT Fund policy as directed by Texas Tax Code, and the organization’s ability to draw tourism from the outside the area.

There is a two-part test for every expenditure of local Hotel Occupancy Taxes.

Criteria # 1 Every expenditure must DIRECTLY enhance and promote tourism

AND the convention and hotel industry.

Criteria # 2 Every expenditure MUST clearly fit into one of nine statutorily provided categories.

The City Council approved Resolution # 2018-6-1, establishing the policy and procedure for the use and allocation of Hotel Occupancy Tax funds for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Please follow the links below for the policy guidelines, application and other documents related to the use of HOT funds.

The City of Alpine will not award funds to organizations and/or collaborating with hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts or other short-term lodging facilities that are not current and in good standing with the City of Alpine.

All applications for funding are due at City Hall by 5:00 pm on August 15th, attention “City Secretary”.

For more information about the HOT funding please contact Megan Antrim, Director of Finance at (432) 837-3301.

Click the PDF below to download and print out the Hotel Motel Funding Application form. After completion, take the completed form to City Hall located at 100 N 13th St, Alpine, TX 79830.

2018 HOT Fund Request Application

Helpful Information:

2018 HOT Fund Policy
Use of Municipal HOT PowerPoint
State of Texas Annual Hotel Occupancy Report
Revenue Manual for Texas Cities
Need to Know about HOT
Sample Event Budget