“Base year amount” means the amount of hotel-associated revenue collected in a project financing zone during the calendar year in which a municipality designates the zone.
“Hotel-associated revenue” means the sum of:
state tax revenue collected in a project financing zone from all hotels located in the zone that would be available to the owners of qualified hotel projects under Section 151.429 (Tax Refunds for Enterprise Projects)(h) if the hotels were qualified hotel projects, excluding the amount of that revenue received by a municipality under Section 351.102 (Pledge for Bonds)(c) for a hotel project described by Section 351.102 (Pledge for Bonds)(b) and located in the zone that exists on the date the municipality designates the zone; and
“Incremental hotel-associated revenue” means the amount in any calendar year by which hotel-associated revenue, including hotel-associated revenue from hotels built in the project financing zone after the year in which a municipality designates the zone, exceeds the base year amount.
“Project financing zone” means an area within a municipality:
the boundaries of which are within a three-mile radius of the center of a qualified project;
the designation of which specifies the longitude and latitude of the center of the qualified project; and
the designation of which expires not later than the 30th anniversary of the date of designation.
“Qualified project” means:
a convention center facility; or
a multipurpose arena or venue that includes a livestock facility and is located within or adjacent to a recognized cultural district, and any related infrastructure, that is:
located on land owned by a municipality or by the owner of the venue;
partially financed by private contributions that equal not less than 40 percent of the project costs; and
related to the promotion of tourism and the convention and hotel industry.
“Venue” and “related infrastructure” have the meanings assigned by Section 334.001 (Definitions), Local Government Code.
This section applies only to a qualified project located in a municipality with a population of at least 650,000 but less than 750,000 according to the most recent federal decennial census.
In addition to the uses provided by Section 351.101 (Use of Tax Revenue), revenue from the municipal hotel occupancy tax may be used to fund a qualified project.
A municipality may pledge the revenue derived from the tax imposed under this chapter from a hotel located in the project financing zone for the payment of bonds or other obligations issued or incurred to acquire, lease, construct, improve, enlarge, and equip the qualified project.
A municipality may pledge for the payment of bonds or other obligations described by Subsection (d) the local revenue from eligible tax proceeds as defined by Section 2303.5055 (Refund, Rebate, or Payment of Tax Proceeds to Qualified Hotel Project)(e), Government Code, from hotels located in a project financing zone that would be available to the owners of qualified hotel projects under that section if the hotels were qualified hotel projects, excluding any amount received by the municipality for a hotel project described by Section 351.102 (Pledge for Bonds)(b) and located in the zone that exists on the date the municipality designates the zone.
A municipality shall notify the comptroller of the municipality’s designation of a project financing zone not later than the 30th day after the date the municipality designates the zone. Notwithstanding other law, the municipality is entitled to receive the incremental hotel-associated revenue from the project financing zone for the period beginning on the first day of the year after the year in which the municipality designates the zone and ending on the last day of the month during which the designation expires. The municipality may pledge the revenue for the payment of bonds or other obligations described by Subsection (d).
The comptroller shall deposit incremental hotel-associated revenue collected by or forwarded to the comptroller in a separate suspense account to be held in trust for the municipality that is entitled to receive the revenue. The suspense account is outside the state treasury, and the comptroller may make a payment authorized by this section from the account without the necessity of an appropriation. The comptroller shall begin making payments from the suspense account to the municipality for which the money is held on the date the qualified project in the project financing zone is commenced. If the qualified project is not commenced by the fifth anniversary of the first deposit to the account, the comptroller shall transfer the money in the account to the general revenue fund and cease making deposits to the account.
The comptroller may estimate the amount of incremental hotel-associated revenue that will be deposited to a suspense account under Subsection (g) during each calendar year. The comptroller may make deposits to the account and the municipality may request disbursements from the account on a monthly basis based on the estimate. At the end of each calendar year, the comptroller shall adjust the deposits and disbursements to reflect the amount of revenue actually deposited to the account during the calendar year.
A municipality shall notify the comptroller if the qualified project in the project financing zone is abandoned. If the qualified project is abandoned, the comptroller shall transfer to the general revenue fund the amount of money in the suspense account that exceeds the amount required for the payment of bonds or other obligations described by Subsection (d).Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 127 (S.B. 748), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.