During the final hours of the 85th
Legislative Session, both the state House and Senate approved House Bill 2445
providing expanded opportunities to League City’s economic development and
HB 2445 allows League City to pledge the state's
portion of the hotel occupancy tax, sales tax, and mixed alcoholic beverage tax
generated by a qualifying project for the payment of bonds or other obligations
issued by the City to help fund certain tourism related improvements such as
convention centers, convention center entertainment-related facilities, hotel
infrastructure, and ancillary facilities such as restaurants and retail.
City of League City would like to thank State Representatives Greg Bonnen and
Wayne Faircloth as co-authors of HB 2445, as well as Representative Dennis Paul
and Senator Larry Taylor for their support” said Scott Livingston, Director of
Economic Development for League City.
“This proposed bill will equip League City with a new tool to stimulate
tourism and economic development that will improve the quality of life for our citizens
and the tourism experience for our visitors.
The city would also like to thank Scott Joslove, President of the Texas
Hotel & Lodging Association, and his staff for their advice over the past
year and testimony on the city’s behalf before the House Ways and Means
Prior to the commencement
of the legislative session, the League City Council adopted a formal
legislative agenda for which two (2) of the priorities were:
legislation that supports or advances the principles of home rule authority and
local control to allow for locally elected officials to make decisions that are
beneficial to the
interests of City residents or that is otherwise beneficial to the City'
2. “(To) Support legislation
rebating State Hotel/Motel Tax, State Sales Tax, and State Alcoholic Beverage
Taxes for up to 10 years per project to League City to support the construction
of a convention center in League City.”
Mayor Pat Hallisey, Councilman Nick Long, City
Manager John Baumgartner, City Attorney Nghiem Doan, and Livingston traveled to
Austin on April 19 and 20, 2017 and testified before the House Ways and Means
Committee in support of the City’s legislation.
HB 2445 will become state law upon Governor Greg