The Afterburner 10/02/13

By LeaAnne Klentzman 

While you were sleeping – The federal government has shut down and all the spoiled children we have sent to Congress have taken their toys and gone to their respective corners. Shame on them. Shame on us! This is like rewarding incorrigible children, we know better but can’t seem to stop ourselves, then complain when they keep acting out!

It is time to take action and send the lot of them home on their own dime, without any more insurance, office staff, or retirement! Time they faced the reality of the world where many of their constituents live.  As many a wiser mind than mine has said, if we only pay them for the hours while they are passing legislation, imagine how fast they get to work. Heck, we could even help save on their living expenses by providing them dormitories with a communal bath on each floor. If it’s good enough for our future, it should be good enough to remind them of where they came, where they need to go and most importantly, with whose money they are getting there.  Yes, “We the People” are tired of paying for something we are not getting…responsible adult behavior in Washington.

Hot! Not, the weather – HOT stands for Hotel Occupancy Tax, charged by cities across the state and monitored by the Texas Comptroller. This tax is similar to sales tax only it is 13% and can only be charged by hotels and motels on overnight stays.  The breakdown for HOT is 6% to the State of Texas and the remaining 7% to the city.

This 7% windfall of HOT taxes has very specific guidelines on how it can be spent. Those requirements mandate that HOT monies must generate “Heads & Bed”, meaning that all taxes generated by HOT taxes must be spent on generating more tourism and visitation to the city.  According to Sugar Land’s Regina Morales, Director of Economic Development, only the hotel/motel industry is allowed to collect this tax and it must channeled back into the tourism and visitor industry.

HOT has raised just shy of two million dollars in the City of Sugar Land with those funds earmarked to further tourism, conventions, and destination travel to the city of Sugar Land.

Cultural art centers, museums, music hall, sports facilities, community events that generate tourist or hotel/motel visits are also the types of venues where HOT funds may be spent. Over the next few weeks we will provide the numbers for the other cities in Fort Bend County.

For more information on the City of Sugar Land HOT go to

Until the tap dance is over…..

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to LeaAnne Klentzman
Fort Bend Star
4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300
Stafford Texas 77477

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