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Entities make pitches to City Council for bed tax funds


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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

It’s that time of the year again for organizations wanting a slice of the funds from the Motel Occupancy Tax, commonly known as the “Bed Tax”, to make their request to the Dalhart City Council. The tax is paid by travelers who spend the night at a lodging establishment in Dalhart and is used to promote tourism in the city. The funds can only be used in certain ways, and organizations that receive funding must provide an accounting of how it was spent to get more visitors to the area. The City Council heard from six organizations who have received funding in this manner in the past: Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce, LaRita Theatre, Dalhart Senior Citizens’ Association, XIT Museum, XIT Rangers and XIT Rodeo and Reunion.
Kristine Olsen, President of the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce, gave a Power Point presentation on the activities of the Chamber that qualify for the funding. Some new things being added are portable billboards and inclusion in the Dust Bowl Marathon series. The marathon will be run in Dalhart in March of 2013. The Chamber will continue to promote Dalhart tourism through printing and distribution of brochures, advertising in area tourism magazines and billboards.

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