Teague shooting lodge gets hotel fund grant
By Brenda Sommer
Mexia City Council granted a shooting lodge’s request for a hotel/motel tax fund grant, though for significantly less than requested.
Caney Creek Lodge and Shooting Sports representatives appeared before the council last month, seeking $50,000 from the city’s hotel occupancy tax.
The lodge, located outside of Teague, has major state and national clay shooting tournaments coming up in 2014 and 2015 that are already filling motels from Fairfield to beyond Mexia, lodge owner Justin Bounds said.
At that October meeting, council members asked why Bounds didn’t seek funding from the city’s Economic Development Corporation, rather than the hotel/motel tax. Bounds said he looked over the rules for each and thought the hotel/motel tax more appropriate.
Hotel occupancy tax is imposed on the rental of a room at a hotel or motel, and can be used for tourism-related reasons. In Mexia, the tax most often is used to reimburse advertising and promotional materials for events that draw tourists to the town’s motels and hotels. Those given grants must submit receipts proving the expenses for which they’ll be reimbursed were used in allowable categories before they receive grant money.
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