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Posted on: June 6, 2017

Texas Legislatures approves League City’s request for expanded economic development opportunities

During the final hours of the 85th Legislative Session, both the state House and Senate approved House Bill 2445 providing expanded opportunities to League City’s economic development and tourism efforts.

 

HB 2445 allows League City to pledge the state's portion of the hotel occupancy tax, sales tax, and mixed alcoholic beverage tax generated by a qualifying project for the payment of bonds or other obligations issued by the City to help fund certain tourism related improvements such as convention centers, convention center entertainment-related facilities, hotel infrastructure, and ancillary facilities such as restaurants and retail. 

 

“The City of League City would like to thank State Representatives Greg Bonnen and Wayne Faircloth as co-authors of HB 2445, as well as Representative Dennis Paul and Senator Larry Taylor for their support” said Scott Livingston, Director of Economic Development for League City.  “This proposed bill will equip League City with a new tool to stimulate tourism and economic development that will improve the quality of life for our citizens and the tourism experience for our visitors.  The city would also like to thank Scott Joslove, President of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, and his staff for their advice over the past year and testimony on the city’s behalf before the House Ways and Means Committee.”

 

Prior to the commencement of the legislative session, the League City Council adopted a formal legislative agenda for which two (2) of the priorities were:

 

1.       “(To) Support legislation that supports or advances the principles of home rule authority and local control to allow for locally elected officials to make decisions that are beneficial to the

interests of City residents or that is otherwise beneficial to the City' s interest.”

 

2.       “(To) Support legislation rebating State Hotel/Motel Tax, State Sales Tax, and State Alcoholic Beverage Taxes for up to 10 years per project to League City to support the construction of a convention center in League City.”

 

Mayor Pat Hallisey, Councilman Nick Long, City Manager John Baumgartner, City Attorney Nghiem Doan, and Livingston traveled to Austin on April 19 and 20, 2017 and testified before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of the City’s legislation.

 

HB 2445 will become state law upon Governor Greg Abbot’s signature


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