Funds have been distributed using the criteria set out by the Hotel/ Motel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Committee during the August 21 Pleasanton City Council meeting. Chairman Rusty Garvin explained that the first round of disbursements was done without the HOT committee.
At that time, not everybody got what they asked for but everyone got something.
When the second round came about, fewer organizations applied, and some didn’t meet the criteria, but a few did receive funding.
This time around though, the rules were followed by the committee. Out of the $191,000 budgeted for the grants for 2015 fiscal year two entities had completed applications. The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce received $74,557 for Cowboy Homecoming and $46,225 for the Turnn Burn barbeque cook-off. The Pleasanton Young Farmers received $70,000 for the PYF Cowboy of the Year Open Rodeo Festival.
Other applications received were from the Pleasanton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Pleasanton Merchants Association.
The Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax monies are earmarked for events that will bring people in to stay in hotels/motels and put heads in beds.
The HOT Committee consists of people who have the knowledge of money/accounting and those involved in tourism. They are also not involved in groups who are potential applicants to avoid a conflict of interest.