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CITY OF ORANGE HOTEL OCCUPANCY
TAX FUND APPLICATIONS
(May 11, 2018) – The City of Orange Hotel/Motel Tax committee has released applications for non-profit entities within the City of Orange to apply for a portion of the City’s Hotel/Motel Tax funds. Any 501 (C) organization in the City of Orange that attracts visitors to the City of Orange, Texas can submit applications to the committee. Under Section 351.101 (a), Municipal Hotel Occupancy Taxes, revenue from the municipal hotel occupancy tax may be used ONLY to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry.
Through the Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant Program, qualified events are able to apply for funds from the City of Orange. The mission of the Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant Program is to provide funds to directly enhance and promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry by applying to one of the following seven statutorily provided categories:
- Funding, improvement, or maintenance of a convention center or visitor information center.
- Paying the administrative costs for facilitating convention registration.
- Advertising, solicitations and promotions that attract tourist and convention delegates to the City or its vicinity.
- Expenditures that promote arts.
- Funding historical restoration or preservation programs.
- Funding costs in certain counties to hold sporting events that substantially increase hotel activities.
- Signage directing tourists to sights and attractions that are visited frequently by hotel guests in the municipality.
The application and guidelines are available on the City of Orange’s website at www.orangetexas.net . Applications will be accepted May 14, 2018 through July 13, 2018 at 5 P.M. Applied funds must be for activities occurring October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.
Applications may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by mail or in person to City Hall, 803 W. Green Avenue, Orange, Texas 77630, Attention: Jay Trahan.
For additional information, please contact Jay Trahan at 409.883.1077 or by email at email@example.com
Please click HERE concerning Hotel Occupancy Tax information.
Please click HERE to obtain an application.
From the Office of Emergency Management and the City of Orange Fire Department:
City officials would like to remind citizens that winter storms have the capability to bring cold temperatures, power failures, and icy roads. Please view the following tips to keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe:
- Insulate exterior pipes that run along outer walls to prevent freezing
- Know how to shut off water valves in the event a pipe bursts
- Provide adequate shelter to keep pets warm and ensure they have access to unfrozen water and food
- Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or charcoal burning device inside or in any partially enclosed area
- Never use a gas stove/oven for a heating source – this could cause carbon monoxide poisoning
- Keep space heaters AT LEAST 3 feet from all objects
- Have a flashlight and blankets in place in the event of power failures
City officials recommend citizens gather any needed supplies early in the day, as road conditions are expected to worsen as the day progresses.
PRIVATE PROPERTY DEBRIS REMOVAL AND DEMOLITION OF PRIVATE STRUCTURES –
The removal of debris from commercial property and the demolition of commercial structures are generally not eligible for Public Assistance grant funding. It is assumed and expected that these commercial enterprises retain insurance that can and will cover the cost of debris removal and/or demolition. However, in some cases as determined by the FCO, the removal of debris from private commercial property and/or the demolition of private commercial structures by a State or local government may be eligible for FEMA reimbursement only when such removal is in the public interest.
Industrial parks, private golf courses, commercial cemeteries, apartments, condominiums, and mobile homes in commercial trailer parks are generally considered commercial property.
The City of Orange will begin picking up damaged debris as soon as possible in areas within the City where homes were affected by the recent flooding due to Tropical Storm Harvey and flooding from the Sabine River.
Any flood related materials that citizens may want removed from the area must be separated into four distinct categories. FEMA requirements for separation of debris and damaged material are as follows:
- C&D Piles- construction and demolition materials
- Green Waste Piles- tree limbs, branches and cuttings
- White Goods- refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, freezers, etc.
- Hazardous Waste- paints, household chemicals, etc.
The City of Orange Office of Emergency Management would like to remind the citizens of Orange that all debris to be removed must be separated into their proper piles and placed curbside.
**PLEASE DO NOT PLACE DEBRIS IN THE STREET WHICH WILL AFFECT EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND THE RESTORATION OF POWER TO ALL HOMES.
Please check the City of Orange Facebook page, Orange Texas Gov, and www.orangetexas.net for additional updates.
City of Orange officials have announced a new curfew, effective immediately from 11 P.M. until 5 A.M. until further notice. City officials are working to keep our community safe and give our residents peace of mind during this overwhelming event.