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Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Councilmembers Leslie Pool, Ann Kitchen and Ellen Troxclair have proposed shifting $10 to $12 million away from the convention center and towards arts, music, and heritage preservation.  Their resolution is Item 60 on this week's August 31 city council agenda.  Please support this resolution with a quick email message to the entire council at this link.  Tell them you support the Item 60 resolution giving more hotel occupancy tax funding to Austin live music, arts, and parks and preservation.  Please attend the Thursday August 31 public hearing to show your support if you are able.   This is an important first step in matching our priorities with our spending of City taxes. The hotel occupancy tax and proposed convention center expansion issues are somewhat complicated, but breakdown to a simple question of choosing our priorities for billions of hotel tax revenues to be collected over the next 20 years.  Please read the pdf attached summary/opinion piece (101 KB) by Bill Bunch for the details.