We are asking all North Austinites to please take a few minutes to stand up for artists and musicians. There is a City survey is asking what kind of things you would like to see audited. Please take the survey and tell the City you want a full audit of all hotels, and the taxes being collected.
In 2013,the Auditor checked 5 hotels, found none of them paid the full amount--and then reported that, and moved on. This has been pretty par for the course for the 'audits' for hotel taxes:
The City programs that support creative people are funded by a percentage of the hotel taxes. Federal matching grants rely on the dollars from these programs.
If we can force the City to start auditing and collecting hotel taxes, we could make a huge impact on these programs--and that would greatly help artists and musicians.
Here's the audit:
Thank you so so much for speaking up for artists and musicians. As the Gray Panthers have said, affordability starts with accountability!