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[00:00:05]

ALL RIGHT, SO LET'S,

[CALL TO ORDER]

LET'S GET THIS STARTED, UH, THAT SANOFI MOVED OVER.

OKAY.

SO, UH, GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

I'D LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER, UH, THE ARTS COMMISSION MEETING ON MONDAY, APRIL 19TH, FIVE 35, FIVE 36, UH, VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING.

UM, JUST DO A QUICK ROLL CALL, UH, IDENTIFYING COMMISSIONERS PRESENT.

I SEE.

VICE-CHAIR POLGAR I SEE COMMISSIONER MOCK COMMISSIONER XMEN COMMISSIONER VANDYKE, COMMISSIONER FLORES, AND MYSELF, AND WE WILL START WITH A CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

UH, SINCE I JUST DID MY REFER, MY COMMISSIONER REFRESHER TRAINING, UH, ALL STUDENTS COMMUNICATIONS TAKEN AT THE TOP DURING OUR VIDEO VIDEO CONFERENCING.

UH, AND SO THE FIRST SPEAKER THAT I HAVE IS MIKE HENRY.

ARE YOU THERE? HEY, HELLO, LO COMMISSIONERS.

THIS IS MIKE HENRY FROM MOSAIC CON COLLECTIVE.

UM, THANKS FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

YOU GOT THREE MINUTES.

OKAY, COOL.

UM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO KNOW THAT YOU GUYS ARE ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE, BOTH SORT OF PHYSICALLY AND BEFORE UGLY.

UM, I'M HERE TO INQUIRE AS TO THE STATUS OF THE CREATIVE SPACE RESPOND.

UH, YOU KNOW, WE ALL KNOW THE STORY BOND WAS PASSING 2018.

WE KNOW THE STATE HAD GOALS FOR THE BOND WHERE TO SUPPORT AND TO ACQUIRE A CREATIVE SPACES THAT WERE CREATED BY EXISTING ORGANIZATIONS.

AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS A BIG HUBBUB AND THERE WAS LOTS OF PROCESS AND COMMUNITY INPUT, LOTS OF MEETINGS AND SURVEYS AND WORKING GROUPS AND LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS.

AND WE FILLED OUT THE RFI AND WE WERE TOLD THAT THERE WOULD BE AN RFP IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

AND THEN STILL TODAY HERE, HERE WE SIT AND THERE'S BEEN A LONG, LONG, LONG, LONG, LONG, LONG TIME.

UM, THE NEEDS FOR THIS BOND WAS REAL.

IT WAS THIS PAST BECAUSE THINGS WERE BAD AND CREATIVE SPACES THAT SERVE OUR COMMUNITY ARE DYING AND NOT SURPRISINGLY SPEAKING AS ONE OF THE, UH, PERSON FROM AN EXISTING ORGANIZATION, TRYING TO KEEP A CREATIVE SPACE ALIVE DURING THIS WAITING PERIOD.

THINGS ARE MUCH WORSE NOW, AND WE ARE HANGING ON BY A THREAD.

UM, WHAT IS MOST TROUBLING TO ME IS THE RADIO SILENCE.

WE'RE JUST NOT HEARING ANYTHING IT'S BOND WAS ONCE A GREAT KIND OF SHINING BEACON THAT INSPIRED HOPE AND HELP THE COMMUNITY PUSH FORWARD.

AND NOW IT'S COME A VOID, UM, PLUS STRESSED OUT AND LOSING THE HOPES THAT THEY HAD.

AND WE KNOW THAT YOU DON'T MAKE DECISIONS.

UM, BUT WE COUNT ON YOU TO SPEAK DIRECTLY ON OUR BEHALF TO THE PEOPLE THAT DO.

SO HERE'S JUST A REMINDER THAT I KNOW YOU DIDN'T NEED THIS WEIRD OUT HERE, UM, ANYTHING WHICH YOU CAN DO TO HELP US KNOW WHAT WE CAN REALISTICALLY.

YEAH.

BUT SO VERY APPRECIATED.

THANKS.

Y'ALL THANK YOU.

AND WE WILL HAVE AN UPDATE FROM STAFF AND COMMISSION.

WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS, UH, SO NEXT UP WE HAVE, UH, VERONICA CASTILLO PEREZ.

HELLO? HELLO, MONICA.

YES, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'M A THIRD GENERATION MEXICAN-AMERICAN UM, GIVEN THE RAPID DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES HERE IN AUSTIN, I'M VERY PROUD TO SAY THAT I'M A NATIVE BORN AND RAISED RESIDENT AND THE CENTRAL TEXAS AREA.

UM, I'VE BEEN WATCHING THE, UM, PARK COMMISSION MEETINGS FOR THE LAST TWO MONTHS REGARDING THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX SHORTFALL DUE TO COVID.

AND IT REALLY CONCERNS ME, UH, AS A RESIDENT HERE IN BOSTON, I, I KNOW A LOT OF THE, UM, ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND I KNOW THAT THEY ARE SUFFERING AND THAT THEY ARE IN DIRE NEED OF FUNDING.

I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU, UH, UH, COMMISSIONERS, OUR COMMISSIONERS FOR YOUR RESOLUTION, ASKING THE MAYOR, THE COUNCIL FOR $10 MILLION FOR TWO YEARS, FOR CULTURAL ARTS FUNDING FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN.

AND I URGE EVERYONE THAT IS LISTENING TO PLEASE CALL ALL THE MAYOR, THE MAYOR, AND CALL ALL THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND URGE THEM TO PLEASE FIND THE MONEY TO FUND THESE ORGANIZATIONS.

UM, I KNOW THAT, UH, COVID IS, HAS BEEN TOUGH ON EVERYBODY.

UM, BUT WITHOUT THIS FUNDING, THE LATINO ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, ESPECIALLY THE LATINO ARTS ORGANIZATIONS ARE GONNA REALLY BE HURTING.

UM, AND THEN I GUESS I JUST, UM, SINCE I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO THE LAST, UH, UH, ART COMMISSION MEETINGS, I JUST WANTED TO KNOW IF THERE ISN'T GOING TO BE ANY FUNDING AT ALL FROM THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX AND THESE GROUPS DON'T GET ANY FUNDING YET.

THE, UM, THE RECOMMENDATION

[00:05:01]

BY STAFF IS TO HIRE KEY NEW POSITIONS.

I'M JUST WONDERING HOW DOES THAT FIT IN IF YOU WON'T HAVE ANY CONSTITUENTS TO SERVE.

AND THEN LASTLY, I JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY TO, YES, RIGHT? THE MAYOR, RIGHT CITY COUNCIL, PLEASE LET THEM TO FUND OUR ARTS AND THEN TO REMIND EVERYBODY THAT TODAY WITH EARLY VOTING OPENED UP TODAY AND GET OUT AND VOTE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR THOSE REMINDERS.

AND YES, WE, WE WILL BE GETTING STAFF UPDATES ON THE HEART AND, AND FUNDING AND COMMISSION WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS, AND HOPEFULLY SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED AT THAT TIME.

UH, AND THEN, YEAH, AND THEN AS FAR AS MY LIST GOES, THE FINAL SPEAKERS, SYLVIA, ROSCOE.

HELLO.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? WE CAN HEAR YOU NOW.

SOPHIA, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

HI, I'M SYLVIA DIRECTOR OF MEXICO AS THE MUSEUM.

FIRST, I WANT TO THANK THE ARTS COMMISSION FOR THE RECOMMENDATION TO CITY COUNCIL REQUESTING $10 MILLION PER YEAR FOR TWO YEARS, TO ELIMINATE THE DEFICITS, UH, FROM THE HOT FUND, EITHER FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN, THE GENERAL FUND OR OTHER FUNDS, THESE FUNDS ARE NEEDED FOR SURVIVAL JOB RETENTION AND SUSTAINING OPERATIONS.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND WORK AND DRIVE TEAM AND SENDING THIS RECOMMENDATION.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HEAR FROM YOU, THE ARTS COMMISSIONS, THERE ARE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DIFFERENT DISTRICTS AND MUST ADVISE THE COUNCIL ON WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY.

WE, THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ARTS ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALSO SPEAKING TO THE CITY COUNCIL TO ASK FOR SUPPORT, KNOWING THAT THE MAIN SOURCE OF FUNDING, THE HOT FUND HAS BEEN DEVASTATED FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW.

MANY OF OUR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORT MANY OF THE HOT FUND SUPPORTS JOBS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES.

THE LACK OF FUNDS WILL BE DEVASTATING, NOT ONLY FOR OUR EMPLOYEES, BUT FOR THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING PROGRAMMING WILL BE SERIOUSLY REDUCED.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AT THIS TIME.

I ALSO WANT TO ADD INFORMATION EFFORT TOO, SO THAT WE CAN SPEAK INFORMED TO THE COUNCIL AND SPEAK IN A UNITED VOICE.

THE CITY STAFF MADE A RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL THROUGH THE SPENDING FRAMEWORK FOR THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN AND RECOMMENDED FOR THE CULTURAL ARTS FUND 3.9 FOR FISCAL YEAR 21 AND 3.9 FOR FISCAL YEAR.

UH, UH, FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR, A TOTAL OF 7.8, THERE IS STILL TIME FOR THE CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO JOIN US IN ONE VOICE AS THE ARTS COMMISSION AND AN ARTS ORGANIZATION, $10 MILLION OVER TWO YEARS, $20 MILLION TOTAL, THERE IS ALSO REFERENCES FROM STAFF AND TO CITY COUNCIL THAT THE ART VENUES CAN RECEIVE FUNDING FROM THE SHATTERED VENUE OPERATING GRANTS.

LET'S TAKE A REALITY CHECK.

VERY FEW ORGANIZATIONS CAN APPLY FOR THIS.

FOR EXAMPLE, FOR MUSEUMS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE FIXED AUDIENCE SEATING, UH, IN AN AUDITORIUM TO QUALIFY.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE DO NOT QUALIFY ALSO MEXICO TO LIKE MANY ARTS, NONPROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATIONS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE AWESOME LEGACY BUILDING BUSINESS RELIEF GRANT.

EVEN THOUGH WE ARE A LEGACY HERE IN THE CITY, WE DO NOT QUALIFY.

WE ARE ALSO ASKING THE CITY COUNCIL TO ALLOW THE NON-PROFITS TO APPLY.

MOST RECENTLY, THE CITY COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION SETTING UP THE FRAMEWORK WITH FOUR PRIORITIES.

WE, THE ARTS COMMUNITY MUST REALIZE THAT WE ARE NUMBER THREE ON THE PRIORITY LIST, WHICH INCLUDES JOBS FOR THE WORKING CLASS OF AUSTIN.

THE MAJORITY OF OUR WORKFORCE, OUR WORKING CLASS, THE MAJORITY OF OUR INCOMES ARE BELOW MANY MINIMUM, MEDIUM HOUSEHOLD INCOME.

WE ARE THE WORKERS OF THE CITY.

WE ARE THE WORKING CLASS OF AUSTIN.

I URGE THAT WE SPEAK IN ONE VOICE, HAVE ONE UNITED MESSAGE, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, THE ARTS COMMISSION, THE ARTS ORGANIZATION, $10 MILLION OVER TWO YEARS FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN DESIGNATED FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS TO SAVE JOBS FOR WORKING INDIVIDUALS AND THE NONPROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATIONS SECTOR.

I ASK EVERYONE LISTENING TONIGHT TO CALL EMAIL AND SPEAK TO THE COUNCIL MEMBERS TO BE INCLUDED AS A PRIORITY FOR THE ARTS AND THE CULTURAL WORKERS OF AUSTIN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I THINK HE SHOULD HAVE HAD SOMETHING TO SAY.

AND AGAIN, WE'LL, WE'LL HAVE AN UPDATE.

WE'LL HAVE PRESENTATIONS FROM STAFF AND WE'LL HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS.

UM, SO THAT CONCLUDES, UH, STUDENTS COMMUNICATION.

I DID WANT TO NOTE FOR THE RECORD THAT COMMISSIONER GARZA JOINED US DURING CITIZENS

[00:10:01]

COMMUNICATION.

UH, SO WE WILL

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

BE MOVING ON TO THE APPROVAL OF MINUTES, UH, VICE CHAIR, BOULDER, UM, BEFORE I'VE GOT A MOTION FOR YOU TO, BUT BEFORE I DO, UM, A VIEW, UH, COMMISSIONER BARNES, BRETT BARNES IS IN THE ATTENDEES.

CAN WE MOVE THEM UP? AND THEN I CAN TEACH FOR HIS MINUTES, A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES BY VICE-CHAIR POKER, SECONDED BY FLORES.

OKAY.

ANY, ANY EDITS COMMENTS, QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

HEARING NONE.

WE'RE GONNA PASS THIS ON CONSENT.

UH, JUST MAKING SURE THERE'S NO, EVERYONE THERE'S NO OBJECTIONS TO CONSENT.

NONE.

OKAY.

LEARNINGS HAVE BEEN PASSED.

UH,

[2.a. “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” -Maya Angelou]

CHAIR'S REPORT.

OKAY.

YOU HAVE A CAFE BACK IN AUSTIN CITY HALL, OR ARE YOU GOING TO STAY CANTO OLGA OR HOLLA? K.

YOU HAVE A CAFE, THE ORIGINAL LYRICS BY , UH, THIS VERSION BY KAPHA COOPER AND WITH A LITTLE FLOURISH BY ME AND FOR NON NON-SPANISH SPEAKERS, UH, OHA LUCKY WEBER CAFE TRANSLATE TO HOPEFULLY IT'LL RING COFFEE.

WELCOME TO AUSTIN CIRCA 1837, UNCLE BILLY BART AND SETTLES IN THE AREA.

NOW KNOWN AS BARTON SPRINGS POOL, 1888, THE TEXAS CAPITOL BUILDING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 1924.

THE TEXAS MEMORIAL STADIUM IS COMPLETED 1928.

AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS THE MASTER PLAN.

WELCOME TO AUSTIN 1945.

VICTORY GRILL OPENS 1956.

BALLET.

AUSTIN IS ESTABLISHED 1962 INTERSTATE 35 FORMALLY OPENS IN AUSTIN, 1970.

LASER MEA OPENS ITS PARISIAN STYLE CAFE.

1971.

THE TOWN LAKE BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE WAS FORMED 1973.

MARGARET MOSER MOVES TO AUSTIN OR COME TO AUSTIN 1974.

THE PILOT EPISODE OF AUSTIN CITY LIMITS EHRS 1977.

AUSTIN BOOKS AND COMICS OPENS 1981 WOMEN IN THEIR WORK RECEIVED THE FIRST NDA GRANT FROM VISUAL ARTS EVER AWARDED IN TEXAS 1984.

MICHAEL DELL CREATES DELL COMPUTER CORPORATION OUT OF HIS UT AUSTIN DORM ROOM CIRCA 1985.

ORIGIN SYSTEMS ESTABLISHES AN OFFICE IN AUSTIN, 1985.

AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY IS FOUNDED BY LINKLATER DANIEL, BLACK RAMIREZ, BERG AND NOVELS.

WELCOME TO AUSTIN, 1987 MC OVERLORD ATTENDS UT AUSTIN, 1988, MEXICO.

THE MUSEUM RELOCATES TO FIFTH AND CONGRESS CIRCA 1990.

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ ATTENDS UT 1992.

SELLERS BREWERIES STARTED 1993 MEMORIAL STATUE OF STEVIE RAY VAUGHN IS UNVEILED CIRCA 1996.

THE REAL DEAL IT CABLE ACCESS SHOW AIRS WITH COHOST COREY COLEMAN, MARTIN THOMAS AND TONY GHETTO, 1997.

MTV SPORTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL WAS HELD AT ZILKER PARK.

WELCOME TO AUSTIN.

2002, KENDRA SCOTT LLC HAS FOUNDED 2003 EAST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR IS LAUNCHED 2004.

FUSEBOX FESTIVALS FOUNDED 2008.

THE LONG CENTER HAS ITS GRAND OPENING, 2010 AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL HONORARILY NAMES, WILLIE NELSON BOULEVARD.

WHEN HE 12 CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS OFFICIALLY OPENS 2014.

THE BUMBLE APP IS LAUNCHED.

WELCOME TO AUSTIN, 2020

[00:15:02]

COVID SHUTS DOWN, TRAVEL AND TOURISM 2021 COVID VACCINATIONS BEGIN 2022.

THE ECONOMY'S TRULY REOPENED 2025 AUSTIN'S CULTURAL COALITION BECOMES A LEADING EXAMPLE OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE 2030.

YOU MAY SAY I'M A DREAMER, BUT I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE.

I HOPE SOMEDAY YOU'LL JOIN ME.

JOIN US, JOHN LENNON, NOTHING WILL WORK UNLESS YOU DO MAYA ANGELOU WAS THAT WE'LL MOVE ON TO

[2.b. Art in Public Places liaison report]

GOING TO BE THE AIPP LIAISON REPORT.

UM, WELL A, I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I WOULD EVER FOLLOW THAT.

UM, THAT WAS OUTSTANDING.

AND, UM, YEAH.

UM, AND IPP JUST CONTINUES TO BE FURIOUSLY WORKING ON, UM, A VARIETY OF THINGS.

UM, I APOLOGIZE.

I WAS LATE TO THE MEETING AND, UM, WE'LL WANT TO, UM, I WAS TO CONSIDER MOVING ITEMS TO CONSENT IF THAT HASN'T ALREADY BEEN DONE, BUT I'LL MAKE THAT MOTION WHEN IT'S TIME.

I WOULD SAY THAT, UM, AGAIN, I ENCOURAGE EACH ONE OF MY FELLOW COMMISSIONERS TO FIND A MONTH WHERE YOU CAN ATTEND AN AIPP MEETING IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE PROCESS.

UM, JUST TO, TO SEE WHAT GOES ON AT AIPP.

UM, THERE ARE SO MANY PROJECTS THAT ARE COMING DOWN THE ROAD, AND MANY OF YOU ALL WILL BE ASKED TO SIT AS ADVISORS OR AS PANELISTS OR AS REPRESENTATIVES OF YOUR DISTRICT.

AND AGAIN, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE SOME WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THAT ORGANIZATION OR WHAT THAT ENTITY, THAT WE ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR, HOW THEY OPERATE.

SO, UM, NOTHING SPECIFIC, THEY ARE WAITING TO TAKE A LOT OF, OF, UM, I THINK CUES FROM US AS THE ARTS COMMISSION.

SO, UM, YEAH, THAT'S WHAT I'LL SAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, AND JUST TO REMIND FOR EVERYONE WITH, KEEP YOUR RECALL MUTED THAT WAY, IT SOUNDS LIKE I'M JUST A LITTLE BIT OF STATIC IN THE BACKGROUND, BUT I JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY TO STAY MUTED UNLESS YOU'RE GOING TO SPEAK.

THANK YOU.

WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO TWO C, WHICH

[2.c. Boards & Commissions liaisons]

IS BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS LIAISONS.

UH, I DON'T SEE COMMISSIONER KEY N UM, WHEN I WANTED TO POINT OUT WE HAVE AN AGENDA ITEM REGARDING, UH, THE CONVERSATION THAT I MENTIONED LAST MONTH REGARDING THE JOINT, UH, CULTURAL COMMITTEE.

SO WE'LL JUST DISCUSS IT AT THAT POINT, UH, CITY HALL STAFF.

I WAS HOPING YOU CAN MOVE OVER CARL SETTLES JR.

HE'S IN THE PANELIST.

I'D LIKE FOR HIM TO, TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK WITH US.

UM, SO FOR TWO D THE AUSTIN

[2.d. Austin Economic Development Corporation update]

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION UPDATE, I DID WANT TO, UH, INTRODUCE YOU ALL TO OUR NOMINEE, TO THE AEDC BOARD.

UM, AND THERE HE GOES, OR IF YOU WANT TO JUST SAY A QUICK, HELLO, HELLO, I'M HONORED TO BE ABLE TO REPRESENT YOUR INTEREST ON THE ABC.

AND, UM, I'M HERE TO LISTEN.

UH, I'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO MY HOMEWORK, UH, REALLY TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT MY ROLE IS.

I TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY.

AND, UM, I'VE BEEN IN REGULAR COMMUNICATION WITH JAIME, AND I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT, UM, I'M HERE AND IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS AND I MAY BE REACHING OUT TO SOME OF YOU, UH, TO HELP ME HELP ME FILL IN THE BACKGROUND INFO.

CAUSE I KNOW THAT THERE IS A SENSE OF URGENCY.

UM, IT WAS WAY, WAY OVERDUE, UM, IN TERMS OF WHAT'S GOING ON, UM, WITH THIS, WITH THIS FUNDING, UM, THAT WAS ALLOCATED APPROVED YEARS AGO.

UM, SO I KNOW THAT THAT'S A HUGE CONCERN, UM, BUT, BUT I I'M HERE.

AND I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I'M AVAILABLE.

THANK YOU, CARL.

I JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY, WE DO HAVE, UH, AN UPDATE OR ACTUALLY PRESENTATION FROM AA AEDC STAFF.

THAT'S WHY CARL'S JUST HERE INTRODUCING HIMSELF.

UM, IT'S POSSIBLE IN FUTURE MEETINGS.

CARR WILL PROVIDE UPDATES ON FOR TODAY.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE IT HAD A CHANCE TO INTRODUCE HIMSELF,

[00:20:01]

RIGHT? THANK YOU, CARL.

WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON.

UH, SO NEXT ON THE AGENDA IS A SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS, UH AEDC WITH, UH, DAVID COLLAGEN OR MAYBE IT'S VERONICA.

GOOD EVENING CHAIR.

UM, MAY I RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT WE, UH, MOVE ON TO ANOTHER ITEM AND, UH, ALLOW TIME FOR OUR CONSULTANT TO JOIN US? I BELIEVE HE HAD A CLASS THAT HE WAS TEACHING AND HE SHOULD BE JOINING US WITHIN THE HOUR OF OUR, LIKE FOR HIM TO BE PRESENT FOR THE PRESENTATION.

AND IF, IF THAT IS OKAY.

OKAY.

YEAH.

PERMISSION A MOTION.

IF I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO, TO GO TO STAFF BRIEFINGS MOTION BY TO, UH, ATTEND US STAFF BRIEFINGS, SECONDED BY POLGAR.

UH, DO THE SON CONSENT? NO OBJECTIONS.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE ON STAFF BRIEFINGS.

UH, SO NOVIA, IF YOU WOULD PROVIDE THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX UPDATE, IF I MAY, I BELIEVE NAKED FOR THIS ONE.

ALL RIGHT.

THEN, UH, WHEN CITY HALL STAFF, UH, WHO WOULD REMOVE THIS PRESENTATION FROM THE SCREEN AND I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION FROM THE COMMISSION SUMMIT, UH, CULTURAL FUNDING UPDATE AHEAD OF HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

OKAY.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

MOTION BY POLGAR SECONDED BY MARK.

UH, TAKE THAT ON CONSENTS HEARING.

NO OBJECTIONS, NO OBJECTIONS.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE ON CULTURAL FUNDING UPDATE

[4.b. Cultural Funding Update]

BY MEGAN WELLS.

ACTUALLY IT LOOKS LIKE WE'LL HAVE TO MOVE MEGAN INTO THE PANELISTS, RIGHT? THANK YOU.

HELLO.

HI COMMISSION.

GOOD TO SEE YOU TODAY.

I WANTED TO, UM, JUST TAKE, UH, THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE SOME CONTEXT WITH YOU ABOUT THE CULTURAL FUNDING, UH, UPDATE THAT'S LISTED ON YOUR AGENDA.

THERE'S THREE ITEMS UNDERNEATH THAT.

UH, SO MY REPORT OUT WILL HAVE THREE COMPONENTS TALKING ABOUT THE CURRENT YEAR, WHICH IS FYI 21, RIGHT? THIS, THIS CURRENT FISCAL YEAR, UM, THE COVID RELIEF AND RECOVERY, UH, THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU.

UH, AND THEN, UH, REVIEW PROCESS, UPDATE, STATUS UPDATE WITH YOU.

SO I'LL BE FOCUSING ON THOSE THREE TODAY.

UM, SO FIRST OF ALL, AS FAR AS OUR CURRENT GEAR CONTRACTS, AS WE SHARED AT LAST MONTH'S MEETING THE THREE DIVISIONS OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, CULTURAL ARTS, MUSIC, AND ENTERTAINMENT AND HERITAGE TOURISM TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED OUR WORK ON THE CULTURAL FUNDING REVIEW PROCESS, AND ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION ON DEVELOPMENT OF OUR PROPOSED FUNDING PROGRAMS WAS HALTED WHILE WE AWAITED MORE FINAL BUDGET ESTIMATES ON THE HOT FUND FOR NEXT YEAR, DURING THIS PAUSE IN OUR PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT PROCESS STAFF AND THE CULTURAL FUNDING AND HERITAGE TOURISM PROGRAMS FOCUSED FULLY ON CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION TO CLEAR THE BACKLOG OF CONTRACT ITEMS FROM OUR CONTRACTORS TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE MOVING FORWARD PAYMENT REQUESTS TO OUR FINANCE TEAM AND THE PURCHASING OFFICE AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN AND CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY CORRECTIONS OR MISSING ITEMS ARE ADDRESSED BY OUR CONTRACTOR SO THAT WE CAN PROCEED WITH THOSE PAYMENTS.

AS SOON AS PENTEL CULTURAL FUNDING SUPERVISOR PROVIDED Y'ALL WITH AN UPDATE STATUS UPDATE LAST MONTH.

AND HE'S GOING TO UPDATE YOU AGAIN ON WHERE WE ARE IN THE PROCESS NOW WITH PROCESSING OUR CULTURAL CONTRACTS FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR.

IN ADDITION TO THE CONTRACT PROCESSING THAT THE CULTURAL FUNDING TEAM HAS BEEN DOING, WE WERE ALSO ABLE TO CONFIRM THE AVAILABILITY OF SEVERAL CONTRACT AMENDMENT OPTIONS FOR CONTRACTORS, WISHING TO EXTEND THE USE OF THEIR AWARDS INTO PEERS, SHIFT THEIR ACTIVITIES OR EVENTS OR PIVOT TO VIRTUAL.

IF CONTRACTORS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE AMENDMENT OPTIONS, THE CULTURAL FUNDING STAFF IS AVAILABLE BY EMAIL PHONES, ZOOM, OR OUR VIRTUAL OPEN OFFICE HOURS, AND, UH, CAN CONTACT OUR CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR FOR MORE INFORMATION AS IT PERTAINS TO THERE.

NOW I'D LIKE TO TURN IT OVER TO TO TALK MORE ABOUT, UH, THE CONTRACT PROCESSING, UH, AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW, THE SEUSS GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS HAS WHO'S PANTAIL CULTURAL FUNDING SUPERVISOR, AS

[00:25:01]

MEGAN MENTIONED, WE'VE BEEN CONCENTRATING ON GETTING A FINAL REPORTS AND PRE-CONTRACT MATERIALS OUT FOR FISCAL YEAR 21.

SO WE HAVE 14 CONTRACTS THAT HAVE BEEN, OR PRE-CONTRACT MATERIALS THAT HAVE BEEN SENT INTO US.

THAT'S THE BOTTOM BULLET THERE, UM, THAT HAVE BEEN SENT INTO US THAT HAVE NOT BEEN REVIEWED YET.

SO ABOUT, UM, THAT SHOULD BE 3.5, 7%.

UM, SO UNDER 4% OF THE CONTRACTS ARE STILL LEFT TO BE REVIEWED.

SO THEY'VE TURNED IN INFORMATION.

THEY NEED TO, UM, GET INFORMATION.

UM, WE NEED TO REVIEW THAT TO GET THAT OUT TO THEM.

UM, 293 CONTRACTS HAVE BEEN ENTERED INTO, SO WE'D BE EITHER SENT THEM OFF TO THE CONTRACTORS TO GET SIGNATURE, UM, AND, OR THEY'VE, UH, SIGNED THOSE AND SENT THEM BACK TO US AND WE HAVE SENT THEM OFF TO, UM, TO BE PROCESSED.

SO THAT'S OVER 75% OF THE 392 CONTRACTS.

THIS IS SPECIFICALLY FOR OUR CORE AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVALS PROGRAM AWARDS.

UM, THERE ARE SOME THAT HAVE NOT SUBMITTED A MATERIALS YET 39 OF THE 392 CONTRACTORS.

SO JUST UNDER 10%, UM, 40 ADDITIONAL, UM, CONTRACTS.

UM, WE ARE, UM, UM, WELL I WAS DOING THIS VERY QUICKLY, SO ACTUALLY THE 293, THAT SHOULD ACTUALLY BE 333, UM, BECAUSE THERE'S 40 CONTRACTS THAT, UM, ARE WAITING ON, UH, CORRECTIONS OR SIGNATURE.

UM, SO, SO WE'VE REVIEWED THEM.

WE EITHER NEED A SIGNATURE BACK FROM THEM OR, UH, YOU KNOW, THE BUDGET DOESN'T BALANCE, THE, UM, UM, CONTRACT DATE CONTRACT DATES, OR, YOU KNOW, NOT WITHIN THE CITY'S FISCAL YEAR, SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT.

UH, SIX CONTRACTORS HAVE DECLINED, UM, AND AGAIN, 14 HAVE LEFT TO BE REVIEWED, UH, THE BAR CHART THERE.

UM, AGAIN, WE HAVE ABOUT, UM, UH, 30 OR SO MORE THAN, UH, WHEN THIS WAS SHOWN, THIS WAS AS OF MARCH 29TH.

UM, SO THE BLUE ARE THE ONES THAT WE HAVE SENT OFF, UM, TO THE CONTRACTOR TO GET THEIR SIGNATURE.

THE GRAYS ARE THE ONES THAT WE HAVE SIGNED CONTRACTS BACK AND HAVE SENT THEM, UM, TO THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT TO GO AHEAD AND GET PROCESSED.

UH, SO THAT IS MY UPDATE.

I'LL TURN IT BACK TO MEGAN, UNLESS ANY OF THE COMMISSIONERS HAVE ANYTHING FOR ME OR MEGAN WOULD LIKE TO EXPAND ON ANYTHING I'VE SAID.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION ABOUT HER CONTRACT TO ADMINISTRATION, COMMISSIONER FLORES? UH, I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS APPROPRIATE, APPROPRIATE QUESTION TO FERGUS TO THIS, BUT, UM, JUST REMIND ME, WHAT IS THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FUNDS THAT'S GOING OUT FOR THESE CONTRACTS FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR 21 FOR FISCAL YEAR 21 OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD? I THINK IT WAS AROUND $6 MILLION.

I DON'T REMEMBER THE EXACT AMOUNT, BUT I BELIEVE IT WAS AROUND $6 MILLION.

THAT IS WHAT WE, UH, APPROVED ONCE AND FORWARDED TO CITY COUNCIL.

AND THAT WAS OKAY FOR ALL.

IS THAT ONLY INCLUDE CORE AND CULTURAL HERITAGE OR DOES THAT ALSO INCLUDE ALL THE COMMUNITY INITIATIVES, FUNDING THAT'S CORE AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVALS? THE COMMUNITY INITIATIVES IS PROBABLY AN ADDITIONAL, I WOULD SAY PROBABLY AROUND A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ON TOP OF THAT.

SO IT'S STILL PUT THEM, YOU KNOW, GOING OFF OF, YOU KNOW, AROUND NUMBER OR, YOU KNOW, VAGUELY WHAT I REMEMBER IT WAS AROUND $6 MILLION.

UM, AND SO WE, AS YOU'LL RECALL, WE DID NOT GO INTO THE LAST QUARTER OF COMMUNITY INITIATIVES APPLICATIONS, BUT WE DID GO AHEAD AND PROCESS OF THE THIRD QUARTER, UM, APPLICATIONS AND ENTERTAINED TO CONTRACT WITH THOSE.

THANK YOU.

HEY, UH, I WANT TO MOVE INTO MY SECOND ITEM OF UPDATE, WHICH IS COVID RELIEF AND RECOVERY.

MEGAN, JUST BEFORE YOU STARTED, JUST WANT TO PLANT CITY HALL YOU'RE UN-MUTED AND I THINK YOU'RE CAUSING A LITTLE BIT OF NOISE.

SO JUST DOUBLE CHECK THAT, PLEASE MAKE HIM GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

UH, THE NEXT ITEM I'D LIKE TO UPDATE YOU ON, UM, IS RELATED TO COVID RELIEF AND RECOVERY.

AND I WANTED TO JUST REMIND EVERYONE ABOUT THE PROCESS WE'VE BEEN GOING THROUGH IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, UH, RELATED TO, UH, STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND INPUT THAT HELPS INFORM OUR PATH FORWARD AS A COMMUNITY.

OVER THE PAST YEAR, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HELD MORE THAN 125 STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENTS WITH VARIOUS GROUPS, INCLUDING AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY EXPERTS PANEL, SEVERAL COVID 19 INDUSTRY FOCUS GROUPS, INCLUDING THE CREATIVES, AUSTIN RESIDENTS, AND CITY EMPLOYEES.

THESE ENGAGEMENTS HELPED TO

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INFORM THE PROPOSED ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE FRAME RESILIENCY FRAMEWORK PRESENTED TO CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY, WHICH INCLUDES 45 DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES TO FOSTER, A MORE EQUITABLE, COMPETITIVE AND RESILIENT POST PANDEMIC ECONOMY.

AT THIS TIME, THE CITY IS SEEKING FEEDBACK ON THESE OPPORTUNITIES.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FEEDBACK IS THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD AT 5:00 PM.

THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE COMMUNITY IS A VALUABLE PART OF OUR ECONOMY.

AS WE KNOW, AS WE LIVE AND BREATHE.

AND IT'S ENCOURAGED FOR YOU ALL TO SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE FRAMEWORK IT'S AVAILABLE ONLINE@WWWDOTATXRECOVERS.COM, A PROPOSED SPENDING PLAN FOR RELIEF FUNDS, INCLUDING THOSE ANTICIPATED TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO AUSTIN THROUGH THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN WAS ALSO PRESENTED TO COUNCIL AT THE SAME TIME AS A RESILIENCY FRAMEWORK, COUNCIL RESPONDED WITH A DIRECTIVE TO STAFF TO FOCUS ON FOUR KEY PRIORITY AREAS, HOMELESSNESS AND RELATED HOUSING, MENTAL HEALTH, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES, EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION THAT IS HIGH QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE JOBS FOR WORKING CLASS AUSTINITES AND INCLUDE GOOD WAGES, BENEFITS, AND WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS AND ASSOCIATED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND WORK PROGRAMS AND FOOD AND HOUSING INSECURITY STAFF THEN MET WITH CENTRAL TEXAS GOVERNMENT JURISDICTIONS AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, AS WELL AS INTERNAL SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS TO INVENTORY AND IDENTIFY TRANSFORMATIONAL AND GENERATIONAL INVESTMENT OPTIONS IN THESE FOUR PRIORITY AREAS.

IN ADDITION, STAFF IS ALSO REVIEWING FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE INITIAL FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS RECOMMENDATIONS.

THOSE CITY PROGRAMS PART IS HIT BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, NAMELY THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX FUNDED SERVICES, INCLUDING THE CULTURAL ARTS FUND HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND, THE LIVE MUSIC FUND AND THE AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER.

OUR DEPARTMENT, ADDITIONAL STAFF WILL CONTINUE HOLDING REGULAR MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE COUNTY AND NEIGHBORING GOVERNMENTAL JURISDICTIONS TO IDENTIFY JOINT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES, AND ALSO CONTINUING TO MEET WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS.

STAFF IS ALSO WAITING FOR THE US DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY TO ISSUE FINAL DETERMINATIONS OF SPECIFIC AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ALLOCATIONS AMOUNTS TO CITIES TO CONFIRM HOW MUCH AUSTIN WILL RECEIVE AS WELL AS GUIDANCE ON ALLOWABLE USES OF THE PLAN FUNDS.

I WOULD URGE ANYONE INTERESTED IN TRACKING THIS DISCUSSION WITH, WITH CITY COUNCIL TO, UH, CONTINUE TO TUNE IN TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS WHERE IT'S ON THE AGENDA COUNCIL ALSO, AS WAS MENTIONED EARLIER, RECEIVED FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SEVERAL COMMISSIONS, INCLUDING THE ARTS AND MUSIC COMMISSIONS.

AND WE'LL BE CONSIDERING THOSE IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT FORECAST THAT JUST CAME OUT TODAY IN UPCOMING MEETINGS, DISCUSSING THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDS AND IN PREPARATION FOR DISCUSSION OF NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET.

AND SO MAYBE A HOLD GRABS, OUR ACTING DIRECTOR WILL BE, UM, PROVIDING A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION ON THESE, ON THE BUDGET FORECAST AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR HOT, UM, AFTER MY REPORT.

SO I'D LIKE TO FINISH UP BY, UH, TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE CULTURAL SPENDING REVIEW, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THE CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION STAFF.

OH, QUESTION, UH, CITY HALL.

YOU, I THINK YOU'RE STILL UN-MUTED.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

GREAT QUESTION.

GO AHEAD AND GO AHEAD.

YEAH, BECAUSE I'M NOT SURE WHETHER WE SHOULD ASK YOU QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ACTUAL FRAMEWORK AND THE PROPOSED AMOUNTS, OR SHOULD WE WAIT FOR TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS? UM, AS YOU HEARD FROM ONE OF THE SPEAKERS, YOU KNOW, THERE WERE SOME SONGS THAT WERE RECOMMENDED.

UH, WE HAVE THE MEMO, UM, THE CEO OR THE FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, UH, THAT HE SENT ME, HE'LL SAY HE'S THE CHIEF ECONOMIC RECOVERY OFFICER.

AND I'M ASSUMING THAT'S STILL A MEMO ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE MADE TO COUNCIL THAT WE'RE REFERRING TO, CORRECT.

THE CABLES AND MATH.

IS THAT CORRECT? THE RECOMMENDATION THAT WAS MADE WAS YEAH, WAS SENT FORWARD BY VERONICA PRESENT, THEN COUNCIL RESPONDED, THERE WAS ALSO A FOLLOW-UP MEMO THAT I JUST RECAPPED, WE KEPT.

OKAY.

SO I'VE KIND OF JUST COMBINED WHAT HAS HAPPENED THROUGH A MEMO COUNCIL ACTION AND THEN A UP STAFF MEMO IN MY REPORT.

AND VERIFY, DID THERE'S SO MUCH PAPER GOING AROUND AND SOME THINGS I'M SORRY IF I CAN'T KEEP UP WITH EVERYTHING, WHICH MEMO THE, THE INITIAL STAFF MEMBER OR THEIR RESPONSE TO COUNSELOR, WAS IT CHANGED THE WORLD? THE STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS CHANGED, UH, FROM THE ORIGINAL, UM, RECOMMENDATIONS MADE IN THE MARCH 12TH MINUTE TO AFTER, UH, STAFF.

UM, I MEAN, AFTER COUNCIL RESPONDED, WERE THERE CHANGES TO THE

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TABLES THAT WERE, UH, THE COVID-19 SPENDING FRAMEWORK FOR TIME? NOT, NOT SPECIFICALLY JUST YET.

I DIDN'T THINK I'D SEEN ANY, BUT THEY, THEY AND VERONICA KNOW.

AND SO MAYBE ARE ALSO ON THE LINE AND CAN SPEAK TO, I DON'T WANT TO MISS MISREPRESENT THE PROCESS, BUT, UH, THEY ARE WAITING ON FURTHER GUIDANCE FROM THE TREASURY OFFICE TO COME FORWARD, AS WELL AS FURTHER CONVERSATION TO HAPPEN BEFORE ANY FINAL DETERMINATIONS ARE MADE ON, UH, ANY CHANGES TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND THE COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DECIDE THIS ONE.

WE HAVE A DATE.

DON'T THINK WE HAVE A DATE JUST YET.

NO, THEY THIS TIME.

OKAY.

SO I SHOULD WAIT TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE AMOUNTS ON THAT TABLE.

UM, OR SHOULD I GO AHEAD AND ASK NOW YOU CAN, YOU CAN ASK, OH, SORRY.

SO LET ME GO AHEAD.

SHE, YOU CAN WAIT UNTIL I PRESENT.

AND MAYBE AFTER THAT YOU GET THE HOT AND THE WHOLE BIG PICTURE.

I HAVE LOTS OF QUESTIONS AND I'M GOING TO HAVE BEG YOUR INDULGENCE AND YOUR PATIENCE WITH ME AS I GO THROUGH, UH, SEVERAL QUESTIONS THAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE I'M CLEAR ON, UM, THESE REQUESTS AND HOW THEY CAN, YOU KNOW, AREN'T BEING MADE TO RECOMMEND FROM WHAT POTS TO WHAT, WHAT THEY CAN BE USED FOR.

AND SO I'LL JUST WARN YOU NOW THAT I'M GOING TO BE ASKING A LOT OF QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

UH, WE CAN, IF IT MAKES SENSE, WE CAN GO ON TO STILL NOVIAS RIGHT NOW, AND THEN COME BACK TO ME TO FOLLOW UP ON THE CULTURAL FUNDING, REVIEW DINNER BARNES, AND THEN WE'LL MOVE ON TAGS.

UM, SO ONE OF THESE, OR MAYBE BOTH OF THESE PERTAIN, AND AGAIN, AS LULU SAID, UM, THERE'S JUST SO MUCH GOING ON.

SO, UM, WITH REGARDS TO AMOUNTS OR FUNDS AVAILABLE, I KNOW HISTORIC PRESERVATION HAD HAD ISSUES IN SPENDING DOWN THEIR HOT FUNDS.

LIKE THEY, THERE WAS LIKE, SO IS THAT STILL THE CASE? OR IS THERE LIKE, IS IT STILL THE ALLOCATIONS THE SAME IN EACH POT? LIKE 15% GOES TO THIS AND 10, I THINK IT WOULD MAKE SENSE FOR STILL NAVY TO GO AHEAD AND GIVE HER A PRESENTATION BECAUSE SHE'S GOING TO COVER A LOT OF THESE QUESTIONS AND I DON'T WANT TO CONFUSE IT BEFORE SHE HAS A CHANCE TO SHARE IT OUT.

AND THEN, UM, WE HAD GOTTEN AN EMAIL FROM ANNE MARIE EARLIER WITH A MEMO ATTACHED ON THE FORECAST.

AND IS THAT RELATED TO WHAT YES, THAT'S WILLING TO TOWARDS STILL, NOBODY'S GOING TO SHARE OUT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I'LL NOTE TO GO AHEAD AND DO, IF WE NEED A MOTION TO MOVE.

NO.

OKAY.

NOPE.

MEGAN'S DONE WITH HER STAFF BRIEFINGS AND NOW WE'RE, OH, SHE'S GOT ONE MORE ITEM ON THE CULTURAL REVIEW PROCESS.

AND SHE SAID SHE WOULD WAIT ON THAT NOW, BUT SHE WANTS TO LOGAN TO GO AHEAD WITH HER REPORT.

SO I WAS ASKING IF I NEEDED A MOTION FOR US TO DO ACCOMMODATE THAT.

RIGHT.

SO, YEAH, I DIDN'T, I, I THOUGHT SHE HAD COVERED THE THIRD ONE.

UM, SO MOTION BY

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FLORES TO INTERJECT FOR A SECOND AND BY BARNES, UH, SEEING NO OBJECTIONS PASS ON CONSENT AND SYNOVIA, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

UM, SO THERE'LL BE A WHOLE REB ACTING DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

AND I'M HERE TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE WITH THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX THAT IS USED FOR THE CULTURAL FUNDING PROGRAMS. AND I'M GOING TO TRY AND GO SLOW BECAUSE I'M A NUMBERS BEAK, AND I DON'T WANT TO CONFUSE NEXT TIME.

YEAH.

THAT'S STAFF.

I WAS GOING TO ASK CAN, CAN YOU MUTE EVERYBODY EXCEPT FOR SO NOVIA? YES.

I WAS GOING TO ALSO SAY, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU ALEXANDER, BUT WE CAN BARELY HEAR HER ON THIS SENTENCE.

SO I WAS WONDERING IF MAYBE SHE COULD TURN UP HER INPUT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

HOW IS THAT BETTER ON THIS END? THANK YOU.

AND NOW YOU'RE MY EARS ON MY HOOD ON, UM, SORRY.

ALL RIGHT.

NEXT SLIDE.

TO BRING THIS LIGHT BACK UP, PLEASE.

AND I'LL USE MY X SLIDE.

SO I FIRST WANTED TO START WITH THE F Y 21 APPROVED BUDGET.

THIS IS PRESENTED IN THE DOCUMENT PAGE FOUR 68 AND VOLUME ONE OF THE BUDGET DOCUMENT.

AS YOU CAN SEE, WHEN THE BUDGET WAS APPROVED IN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR OR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING 2019

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THROUGH 2020, WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO END THE YEAR A NEGATIVE MILLION DOLLARS.

SO THAT IS THE THIRD COLUMN.

AND THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN I MOVE FORWARD, I'M GOING TO ACTUALLY SHOW YOU ACTUAL SALES.

SO THAT IS CALLED AN ESTIMATED COLUMN.

AND THAT IS WHERE WE MID-YEAR DETERMINED IF WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THE REVENUE THAT'S COLLECTED OR NOT.

THE COLUMN THAT IS CALLED AMENDED FOR FYI 20 NEVER CHANGES ONCE THE BUDGET IS APPROVED.

THAT AMENDED COLUMN IS WHAT COUNCIL APPROVES AT THE TIME OF BUDGET.

AND AGAIN, REMEMBER BUDGET IS APPROVED PRIOR TO THE END OF A FISCAL YEAR.

AND NOW THE LAST COLUMN SHOWS WHAT COUNCIL APPROVE THAT WILL BE IN SEPTEMBER OF 2021.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE, THE REVENUES THAT COME IN AND THE REVENUES FOR THE CULTURAL ARTS FUND ARE FUNDED AT THE MAXIMUM ALLOWED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS, WHICH IS 15% SIMILARLY, THE HERITAGE PRESERVATION FUND ALSO RECEIVES THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT ALLOWED BY STATE.

SO AGAIN, REVENUES ARE APPROVED BY COUNCIL ARE BASED ON AN ESTIMATE, NOT ACTUAL.

THIS ESTIMATE IS MADE UP BASED ON EVENTS THAT ARE COMING IN CONFERENCES, UH, SPORTING EVENTS, ET CETERA.

SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THAT IN MIND THAT AT THE TIME A BUDGET IS APPROVED FOR THE CULTURAL ARTS FUND, IT IS BASED ON AN ESTIMATE.

NOT ACTUALLY.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE THAT CRYSTAL CLEAR.

YES.

LOU LOU.

ALRIGHTY, CONFUSED.

SORRY, BECAUSE ARE SLOW AND I APOLOGIZE, BUT YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE LAST COLUMN FOR 20, 20, 21 THAT WAS APPROVED IN AUGUST.

THE DATE OF AUGUST 20.

YES.

OKAY.

BECAUSE THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINS OCTOBER ONE OF EACH YEAR.

RIGHT.

AND SO THAT 7.7 MILLION WAS AN ESTIMATE.

IT'S BASED ON EVENTS.

THEY THOUGHT WERE COMING.

HOW MANY PEOPLE THEY THOUGHT WERE GONNA STAY IN THE HOTEL.

SO THIS, THIS FINAL, THAT FINAL COST IS FOR IF Y 21, BECAUSE THEY'RE, THEY'RE NOT LABELED AS SUCH.

AND SO THE PREVIOUS ONES YOU'VE TALKED ABOUT WERE FOR , CORRECT? YES.

AND IT'S GOING TO MAKE SENSE, HOPEFULLY IN A MINUTE, BUT AT THE TOP WHERE IT SAYS 20, 20 DASH 21 FISCAL YEAR STARTS OCTOBER ONE, 2020 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2021.

RIGHT? RIGHT.

I KNOW THAT.

SO SYLVIA, IS THERE NOT AN ACTUAL 2019 DASH 20 THAT'S REPRESENTED HERE OR THAT'S COMING UP.

IT'S COMING UP.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S IMPORTANT.

THANK YOU.

RIGHT.

AND THE REASON WHY I WANTED TO SHOW YOU THIS IS BECAUSE REVENUES ARE PROVED ON AN ESTIMATE.

AND SO THE FINANCIALS FOR LAST YEAR THAT ENDED SEPTEMBER, 2020, THOSE HAVE BEEN CLOSED AND AUDITED.

SO I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU NOW AND THE NEXT SLIDE WHERE WE ENDED UP.

RIGHT.

AND PLEASE, I KNOW I'M AN, I'M A NUMBERS GEEKY PERSON.

OKAY.

SO HERE WE ARE COMING TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

THE ACTUALS THAT WERE COLLECTED, REMEMBER COVID OCCURRED, OR WE CAN GIMMICK.

WE SHUT DOWN SOUTH BY, IN MARCH OF 2020.

SO COUNCILOR HAD APPROVED THE BUDGET AND WE DID NOT BRING IN THE REVENUE.

WE THOUGHT WE ACTUALLY BROUGHT IN ONLY $9 MILLION.

YOU STILL KEPT PROGRAMS WHOLE.

AND INSTEAD OF ENDING THE YEAR AT A NEGATIVE MILLION, WE DID A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

AND SO WE ENDED IT LAST YEAR AT A NEGATIVES ABOUT 700,000.

OKAY.

SO LAST YEAR AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2020, THIS FUND

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WAS NEGATIVE.

YES, LILY.

SORRY.

COULD YOU TELL US WHICH COLUMN YOU'RE REFERRING TO? WHAT ROLE, BECAUSE I AM SO LOST BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT.

SO IF YOU DON'T MIND, THE MORE CLEAR ON THAT POINT, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT PROBLEM.

SO THE SECOND COLUMN FROM THE LEFT AT THE TOP, IT SAYS 2019 DASH 2020.

IF YOU COME DOWN, YOU SEE INTERESTS OF THE REVENUES, 52,000, THE TRANSFER IN THAT'S FROM THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX FUNDS THAT CAME IN AT 9 MILLION.

YOU MOVE DOWN TO THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS.

THIS IS, THESE ARE THE CONTRACTS THAT YOU APPROVE TEMPO.

UM, ALL THE CONTRACTS, COMMUNITY INITIATIVES, WE SPENT 12 MILLION, WHICH LEFT US WITH A NEGATIVE $700,000 IN THIS FUND.

AND THAT'S ACTUALLY, SO AGAIN, WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO BE IN THE HOLE, BUT WE ENDED UP A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

NOW LET'S MOVE TO COLUMN THE THIRD COLUMN.

AND AT THE TOP IT SAYS 2020 DASH, 2000 DASH 21.

WE'RE NOW GOING TO BRING FORWARD.

THIS IS THE ESTIMATE.

THIS IS WHAT I LOOK AT EVERY MONTH.

LIKE WHERE, WHERE DO WE THINK WE'RE GOING TO END UP? AND SO I'M BRINGING FOR THE NEGATIVE 700,000 BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT'S ACTUAL, IT'S BEEN AUDITED.

NOW WE HAVEN'T EARNED INTEREST, VERY LITTLE INTEREST.

WE ARE NOW ONLY ESTIMATING BRINGING IN $3.8 MILLION FROM THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

NOW, WHAT I NEED YOU TO DO IS LOOK AT THE COLUMN THAT SAYS 20, 20 DASH, 2021 AMENDED, YOU SEE THAT 7.7 MILLION.

THAT IS WHAT COUNCIL APPROVED IN AUGUST, WHAT THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO EARN WHAT WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO BRING.

SO WE ARE NOT BRINGING IN THAT 7.7.

IT'S NOW ONLY ESTIMATED THAT BY THE END OF THE YEAR, WE WOULD HAVE BROUGHT IN JUST UNDER $4 MILLION.

AGAIN, I MIGHT REPEAT COUNCIL APPROVES THIS BUDGET, THE REVENUE BASED ON AN ESTIMATE, WE ARE STILL IN COVID VACCINES ARE NOW JUST STARTING TO ROLL UP.

PEOPLE ARE NOW TRAVELING, BUT WE WILL NOT MAKE THAT NUMBER OKAY WITH ME STILL THE LOOP.

OKAY.

SO NOW IF YOU COME DOWN TO PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, COUNCIL APPROVED CONTRACTS, THE ONES THAT HASTIES, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, SOME PEOPLE DECLINE, ET CETERA.

WE COMMIT IT.

WE SENT OUT A MEMO EARLIER THAT SAYS, WE HAVE AN IDEA.

WE MAY NOT BRING IN THIS MONEY, BUT WHAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO IS REDUCE CONTRACTS.

SO CON ALL CONTRACTS THAT HAVE BEEN EXECUTED OR IN THE PROCESS OF BEING EXECUTED WILL BE 100% FULL FIELD.

LET ME STATE THAT AGAIN FOR THE RECORD CONTRACTS APPROVED BY COUNCIL SIGN, WHETHER YOU'RE IN THE PROCESS WILL BE HONORED.

WE WILL FEEL THOSE 100%, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, THAT WILL THEN LEAVE US.

I'M IN A NEGATIVE OF ABOUT $4 MILLION.

OKAY? SO WE STARTED THE YEAR AT A NEGATIVE.

WE'RE BRINGING IN NOT QUITE A LITTLE MORE THAN HALF OF WHAT REVENUE WE THOUGHT WE ARE GOING TO HONOR THE CONTRACTS, WHICH BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER, WE WILL BE $4 MILLION IN THE HOLE OR NEGATIVE.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? WE HAVE BEEN IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE BUDGET OFFICE SINCE, UH, OPEN HAPPENED.

UH, THEY ARE WELL AWARE THAT THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.

AND SO THEY'RE WORKING WITH US.

SO NOW, NOW THAT WE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO END THE YEAR AND NEGATIVE, WE HAVE TO CARRY THAT FORWARD.

SOMEONE'S GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE UP THAT DIFFERENCE.

OKAY.

WE ALSO HAVE WORKED WITH OUR SISTER DEPARTMENTS IN THE BUDGET OFFICE TO DETERMINE, WELL, WHAT WILL COUNCIL APPROVED AS AN

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ESTIMATE OR NEXT YEAR? REMEMBER? CAUSE WE, WE'RE NOT, WE'RE GOING TO END THIS YEAR A NEGATIVE 4 MILLION.

SO WHEN WE CARRY THAT FORWARD, WE ARE NOW ONLY ESTIMATING REVENUES OF ABOUT 5.4 MILLION.

REMEMBER, WE'RE STARTING AT A NEGATIVE.

IF YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO BRING IN FOUR OR 5.4, YOU'RE NOW SAYING, HEY, BASED ON THAT, WE'RE ONLY PROJECTED TO BE ABLE TO SPEND A MILLION DOLLARS NEXT YEAR, TO LEAVE US WITH AN ENDING BALANCE OF 344,000.

BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT NEGATIVE HAS TO BE CLEAR.

I WANT TO PAUSE RIGHT HERE AND LET THIS SIT FOR A MINUTE LAST A YEAR.

YEAH.

SO, OKAY.

SO THAT WAS GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO FOR FYI 22, WHICH IS THE 20 2122 PROPOSED COLUMN, YOU'RE SAYING THAT FOR THOSE, WHATEVER CULTURAL ARTS CONTRACTING, THERE WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO ANYBODY, IT'S ONLY YOUR IT'S BEING PROPOSED AT $1,000,001.08 MILLION, UH, AS OPPOSED TO THE SEVEN TWO, THREE, FOUR THAT WE DID LAST YEAR OR WHATEVER WITH THE AMENDED.

SO MY QUESTION IS, I KNOW YOU'RE WORKING WITH HIGHER UPS AND TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT OF 40 MILLION, UH, THAT DEFICIT OF 4 MILLION FOR THE F Y 21 CONTRACTS THAT WAS CREATED, UM, IS THAT, AND SINCE CONSOLE COMMITTED TO IT, ARE THEY GOING TO FIND THAT MONEY FROM SOMEWHERE, OR ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO BACKFILL THAT $4 MILLION DEFICIT WITH PROSPECTIVE FUNDS THAT ARE COMING IN, EITHER THROUGH THE RECOVERY ACT OR BACK FEELING HOT, ET CETERA, I DON'T WANT TO CONFUSE IT.

I KNOW I'M GETTING AHEAD OF MYSELF, BUT I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO RAISE THAT SLATE AND FIND THAT MONEY SOMEWHERE AND NOT PREJUDICE FUTURE MONEY'S COMING IN FOR CULTURAL CONTRACTORS.

IF THAT MAKES SENSE.

OH YES.

LET ME GET TO THE NEXT SLIDE, BUT I WANT TO SIT, LET, LET THIS RESONATE WITH THE COMMISSION, JUST TO MAKE SURE WE'RE FOLLOWING THE MAN DID NOT EARN THE ESTIMATED REVENUE.

REMEMBER COUNCIL APPROVED AN ESTIMATE.

THEY THOUGHT WE WOULD GET 7.7 ONLY GOING TO GET 3.8 NOW, WHICH IS GOING TO LEAVE US IN A NEGATIVE POSITION OF $4 MILLION.

YOU NEED TO CARRY THAT FORWARD TO HOPEFULLY, UH, WE WILL MAKE 5.4 MILLION IN REVENUE.

AGAIN, WE ARE COLLECTING THE MAXIMUM ELECTED MAXIMUM, WHICH WILL LEAVE US WITH ABOUT A MILLION DOLLARS TO FUND ULTRA PROGRAMS, PERIOD.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UM, WANTED TO, I WANTED TO PUT THIS VISUAL.

THIS IS THE VISUAL OF THE LAST SINCE 20 2015 THROUGH THE PROJECTED 2026, AS YOU CAN SEE THE F Y 21 C Y E HAS DROPPED.

AND IF YOU SEE THE PROJECTIONS, EVEN WHEN WE GET OUT TO FYI 26, IT WILL NOT BE CLOSE TO THE FYI 2019, OR THE F Y 2018 OR THE FYI 2017.

SO IN OTHER WORDS, AS WE COME OUT OF COVID, IT'S GONNA TAKE US A WHILE TO GET TO BREATHE A LITTLE BIT LEVELS.

JUST WANT THAT TO KIND OF SIT WITH THE COMMISSION.

SO HYPOTHETICALLY YOU WE'VE ASKED FOR THE INFUSION OF 10 AND THAT, THAT WAS PART OF YOUR RECOMMENDATION, BUT THAT'S FOR TWO YEARS, THEN WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

SO YOU KIND OF HAVE TO BALANCE THAT OUT.

I'M JUST PUTTING THIS HERE AS A VISUAL LULU.

SORRY, CAN YOU REPEAT WHAT YOU JUST SUPPORTS FIRST? WHAT'S C Y E STAND FOR CURRENT YEAR ESTIMATE.

OKAY.

YES.

SORRY.

ASK ANY QUESTIONS, WHAT YOU JUST SAID A SECOND AGO.

CAUSE I WAS, I WAS OBSESSING WITH THAT AND I MISSED COMPLETELY WHAT YOU SAID A LITTLE, RIGHT? SO IF YOU LOOK AT THE PAST 10 YEARS,

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ALL THE WAY OUT TO 2026, THE PROJECTION, THE GRANT, IT'S A VISUAL.

SO YOU CAN EVEN SEE, BUT FYI 26, IS IT AT THE SAME LEVEL AS FYI, 2015 ALMOST.

SO, YOU KNOW, JUST SHOWING THE INCREASE, GETTING BACK TO PRE COVID LEVELS.

THIS IS THE PROJECTION.

AND SO I JUST WANTED TO KIND OF, YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT THE 10 MILLION FOR TWO YEARS, RIGHT? SO AS AN EXAMPLE, IF YOU'RE DO ASKING FOR 10 MILLION EACH YEAR, KNOWING THAT YOUR PRETTY LEVELS WERE HIGHER THAN THAT.

SO YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION EVEN IN YEAR THREE.

IT, YOU KNOW, IF YOU DON'T ASK FOR THE CONTINUATION, IT'S GONNA STILL DROP THEM.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? OKAY.

JUST WANTED TO PUT THIS VISUAL RIGHT HERE.

I THINK MICHELLE HAD HER HAND UP.

I CAN'T SEE ANY, I'M SORRY.

I CAN ONLY SEE MY PART AT THE TOP.

IT'S OKAY.

I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION.

HOW, AND I, AND I, AND YOU MAY NOT HAVE AN ANSWER TO THIS, BUT HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU IN THE 5.4 MILLION ESTIMATE FOR ? UM, WE ARE FOLLOWING THE SCIENCE AND WE'RE FOLLOWING, UM, TRAVEL TRENDS.

AND SO I AM HOPEFUL FOR THE 5.4.

THANKS.

SO IF YOU'RE CONFIDENT IN THE 5.4 IT'S OKAY.

I'M SORRY, MISQUOTED HOPEFUL, BUT THAT'S STILL, YOU STILL HAVE TO DEDUCT THE 4 MILLION.

SO YOU'RE SAYING AVAILABLE STILL FOR F1 AND 22 CONTACT AND CULTURAL FUNDING IS ONLY THE 1.08 MILLION.

CORRECT.

SO, SO WE HOPE, I MEAN, THAT'S EVEN HELPING, BUT WHEN YOU SAY THE 10 MILLION THAT WE ARE REQUESTING, UH, FOR, WE THOUGHT FOR THE, AND IT WAS CONFUSING BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE FISCAL YEARS RUN AND THE WAY WE ASK FOR IT, UM, CURRENT YEAR, UH, CONTRACTS ARE, HAVE ALREADY BEEN, WELL, THE FUNDING HAS BEEN COMMITTED, BUT YET IT'S STILL SHORT 4 MILLION, RIGHT? YES.

BUT IF YOU LET ME GET TO THE NEXT, OKAY, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO AS PART OF THE SPENDING FRAMEWORK THAT WE PRESENTED ON MARCH 23RD, IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT WE INFUSED 3.9 INTO THE CULTURAL ARTS FUND TO CLOSE THAT $4 MILLION GAP.

WE ALSO RECOMMENDED 3.9 FOR FYI 22.

AND SO IF WE ARE ABLE TO CLOSE THE GAP WITH, UH, AMERICAN SKI PLAN FUNDING AND WE ARE COUNSEL IMPROVES, THEN YOU WOULD HAVE THE 0.4 PLUS THE 3.9.

AND SO THAT COULD GET YOU BACK TO THE 9 MILLION.

AND AGAIN, HOW DID WE COME UP? IS IT'S A PROPOSAL, UM, THAT WE PRESENTED CONSIDERING ALL THE OTHER NEEDS ACROSS THE CITY.

UM, IT WASN'T THE ONLY WE KNEW WE HAD OTHER RESOURCES THAT WE WERE GOING TO TRY TO PROVIDE TA AND AGAIN, IT'S A BALANCING ACT.

WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ARTS WE DO, BUT AGAIN, IT WAS A BALANCING ACT.

AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, UH, CITY COUNCIL, UH, WILL APPROVE A SPINNING FRAMEWORK AND WE'LL GO FROM THERE.

BUT AGAIN, I JUST WANTED TO STRESS THAT.

YES MA'AM.

SO I HAVE HEARD OBVIOUSLY THAT FROM SOURCES THAT THERE'S 3.9, THAT YOU'RE PROPOSING TO MAKE LIKE 20, 21 FISCAL YEAR 21, UM, ALMOST COMPLETE YOU'RE RACING THAT $4 MILLION DEFICIT, BUT SINCE COUNCIL COMMITTED TO THAT, SHOULDN'T THEY NOT FIND FUNDS OTHER THAN THE ARP TO HOLD TO THEIR COMMITMENTS AND SAY COMMITTED TO IT PRIOR TO THE ARP COMING FORWARD.

AND COULD THOSE ARP FUNDS THEN BE FIRST OF ALL, DO THEY HAVE TO BE SPENDING THAT FY 21 OR COULD THEY BE ROLLED FORWARD TO THAT POINT 22 FOR A TOTAL OF 7.8 MILLION FOR THAT FLIGHT 22 AND HAVE THE CITY OF AUSTIN FIND OTHER FUNDS TO

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FARM THAT $4 MILLION DEFICIT I'VE JUST BEEN ASKED AND THAT'S LIKE POSSIBLY TO MAYBE IT'S NAIVE, BUT RATHER THAN USING THE RP TO BACKFILL THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR, THAT IT NOT THAT MONEY BE FOUND ELSEWHERE.

AND THE ARP 7.8 MILLION BE ALL USING FOR COCK CONTRACTS, THEREBY BRINGING IT BACK UP TO ALMOST 10 MILLION FOR, UH, FOR CULTURAL FUNDING, UH, FOR THAT YEAR, JUST GOING TO ASK IT NO PROBLEM AND ASKING THE QUESTIONS.

THERE ARE VARIOUS FUNDING OPTIONS THAT SCENARIOS WE COULD RUN.

UM, AND WE WOULD LEAN TO COUNCIL, UH, FOR GUIDANCE ON THAT, BUT THERE ARE VARIOUS SCENARIOS THAT WE COULD RUN.

SO IT'S NOT COMPLETELY OUT OF THE QUESTION.

THE COUNCIL COULDN'T FIND THAT 4 MILLION ELSEWHERE AND POSSIBLY USE 7.8.

UM, WHEREAS MY 22 OR MAY RP AGAIN, I WILL JUST SAY THAT THERE ARE VARIOUS SCENARIOS COUNCIL COULD RUN.

OKAY.

SO WE CAN STILL HOLD FIRM ON OUR REQUEST THERE, VARIOUS SCENARIOS.

COUNSEL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? AND THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION AND I'M AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS.

POLGAR DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? I DID NOT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, MARK, THEN VAN DYKE.

HELLO.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I DID A QUICK CALCULATION FROM YOUR DIRECTION FROM THE 22 TO 26, THAT'S A POSSIBILITY OF A DEFICIT OF ABOUT $18 MILLION.

YOU KNOW, NOT COUNTING THE 4 MILLION, WE CARRIED ORANGE FROM 21.

SO I THINK THEY'RE RIGHT ON THE NOSE.

IF THE COUNCIL, UM, TOOK A RECOMMENDATION THAT WE ASKED FOR $10 MILLION EACH YEAR FOR TWO YEARS, THAT IS $20.

SO WITH MY QUICK CALCULATION, THAT FROM YOUR PROJECTION THAT, UH, WE WILL NOT HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF, UH, HEART FUND.

SO THAT WILL, WE WILL HAVE ABOUT 18 MILLION SHORTFALL FROM Y'ALL HOPE, UH, PROJECTION AND NOT COUNTING THE 4 MILLION.

SO TOGETHER WE WILL.

I MEAN, ACCORDING TO YOUR PROJECTION, WE WILL PROBABLY HAVE A 22 MILLION SHORTFALL, UM, YOU KNOW, YOU IN RELATION TO BEFORE KOBE.

SO I THINK WE MAKE A VERY GOOD DECISION.

I JUST WANTED TO RING OUR, YOU KNOW, SO WE ARE PRETTY PROACTIVE.

WE ASK FOR $20 MILLION, YOU KNOW, AND, AND YOU, I THINK WE SHOULD PUSH FOR HAVING, UM, A, OUR LP, UH, OR OTHER FUNDING, YOU KNOW, TO HAVE THAT 20 MILLION.

AND THEN WE HAD THIS, YOU KNOW, MAYBE LOOKING AT ANOTHER 4 MILLION, IT WILL MAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO, UM, FYI 26.

SO, WHICH IS NOT A BAD, UH, ASSUMPTION.

I JUST WANT TO GET OUT.

I APPRECIATE THAT COMMISSIONER.

UH, I'M I'M NOT QUITE FOLLOWING THE MATH, BUT PERHAPS IT'S BASED ON IF WE HAD CONTRACTS AT THE SAME LEVEL.

NO, YOU CAN GO BACK TO YOUR PROJECTION THAT THE POSSIBLE SHORTFALL ALL THE WAY TO YEAR 26, YOU KNOW, YOUR SLIDE, YOU KNOW, WITH THE BLUE AND YOUR GRAY.

YUP.

SO I, I, I AM JUST, YOU KNOW, I JUST DID A VERY QUICK CALCULATION, NOT THIS ONE, BUT THE, THE, THE HOT FUND INCOME GO BACK ONE.

YES.

THIS ONE, THIS ONE.

SO I JUST DID A CALCULATION, YOU KNOW, ALL THESE FIVE YEARS, IT COULD POSSIBLY COME UP TO $18 MILLION.

YOU KNOW, YOU, YOU MATCH IT WITH 12 MEETINGS.

I'M JUST MATCHING UP TO THE 12 MILLION RIGHT BEFORE THE PANDEMIC.

OH, YOU'RE COMPARING THAT TO THE PEN.

EXACTLY.

SO, SO IT IT'S ABOUT, IT'S ABOUT $18 MILLION, YOU KNOW, SO, AND THEN NOT COUNTING THE 4 MILLION THAT WE HAVE TO CARRY OVER AT THIS POINT.

SO IT COULD BE A TOTAL OF $22 MILLION.

SO, UM, SO HE COULD BE ASKING FOR 20 MILLION.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, SO WE HAVE, WE HAVE TO LOOK FOR ANOTHER 2 MILLION, YOU KNOW, THAT TO MAKE US WHOLE, I MEAN, BACK TO BEFORE THE PANDEMIC, SO WE SHOULD REALLY PUSH FOR

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THIS, UM, YOU KNOW, OH, TELL ME THEN FOR TWO, TWO YEARS, 20 MILLION, SO THAT, YOU KNOW, WE WILL HAVE A VERY GOOD CUSHION.

SO WE ARE HOPING THAT, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, THE AI, THE ALP, YOU KNOW, WE CAN GET SOME MONEY FROM THERE, YOU KNOW, FOR, FOR OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY.

OKAY.

I'M GOING TO, I'M STILL WORKING ON THAT, BUT OKAY.

OKAY.

I THINK I GET IT.

I GOT IT.

OKAY.

YEAH.

OKAY.

I'M A LUMBER PORTLAND.

YES, I AM TOO.

I'M USUALLY VERY GOOD AT VISUAL MOCK USE YOUR GABBY, MR. VANDYKE.

NO, NO, NOT LEAVING THAT SLIDE.

NEXT SLIDE THERE.

UM, SO IF I'M READING THIS RIGHT, LOOKING AT THE PROJECTIONS, UH, EVEN UP TO FISCAL YEAR 20, 26, IT'S STILL WAY BELOW FISCAL YEAR 19.

SO, AND THAT'S A WAYS THAT THAT'S SEVERAL YEARS FROM NOW.

WHAT, WHAT DOES THAT BASED ON, IS THAT BASED ON, UM, HOT TEXTS THAT WE THINK IT'S GOING TO TAKE THAT LONG FOR THINGS TO CATCH BACK UP? OR IS IT BASED ON OTHER THINGS OR WHAT'S IT BASED ON IT'S BASED ON ESTIMATED HOTEL STAYS EVENTS, ET CETERA, BUT YES.

UH, IT'S ESTIMATED THAT IT'S GONNA TAKE US SEVERAL YEARS TO GET BACK TO PRE COVID LEVELS.

AND I WILL TELL YOU, I THINK I'VE SAID THIS BEFORE, WHEN WE HAD THE DOWNTURN IN 2008, IT TOOK US THREE YEARS TO COME BACK.

AND IS IT, I'M SORRY, THE, UH, IS THAT, UM, ACROSS THE BOARD FOR THE CITY WITH, I MEAN, HOW DO WE COMPARE, HOW DOES, UH, CULTURAL ARTS COMPARE TO EVERYTHING ELSE? IS THAT KIND OF EVERYBODY GETTING CUT THE SAME AMOUNTS, JUST THE PROJECTION, THE SAME AMOUNT FOR EVERYBODY, OR IS IT DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE'RE BASED ON HOT.

ALL THE OTHER DIVISION IS HERITAGE CHURCH, HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND, AS WELL AS THE MUSIC IT'S BASED ON THE COLLECTIONS.

SO YOU CAN ONLY TRANSFER WHAT'S COLLECTED, AND IF PEOPLE AREN'T COMING AND STAYING IN HOTELS, AND IF YOUR AVERAGE ROOM NIGHT RATE IS NOT UP TO WHERE IT WAS, UH, THE FUNDS ARE JUST NOT COMING IN AGAIN, IT'S IT'S, THIS IS, I'M ONLY TALKING ABOUT HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

SO IT AFFECTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, AS WELL AS THE CONVENTION CENTER.

SO I'M NOT FOCUSED ON GENERAL FUND.

I'M NOT FOCUSED ON FEES.

I'M JUST STRICTLY SPEAKING OF THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

AND IF THAT CAME BACK A LOT QUICKER, PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, STARTED FLOODING INTO AUSTIN, STARTED STAYING IN THE HOTELS.

WOULD, WOULD WE ADJUST THAT THEN, UH, ADJUST TO THAT? OH YES.

SO EVERY YEAR WHAT WE DO IS WE DO, UH, UH, AN OUTLOOK, A FIVE-YEAR OUTLOOK.

SO SAY, YOU KNOW, WE GET THE VACCINE ON THE CONTROL AND PEOPLE ARE COMFORTABLE.

UM, CONVENTION STARTED HAPPENING.

YES, WE WOULD.

WE ADJUST EACH YEAR.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEE WHO'S COMING WHAT'S HAPPENING, ET CETERA.

AND SO, YEAH, IT COULD CHANGE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT AGAIN, I, I WISH I HAD A CRYSTAL BALL, BUT JUST PULL HER TO HAVE A QUESTION I DID.

SO MAYBE, CAN YOU REMIND US THE, UM, SPENDING TIMEFRAME FOR THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDS? CAUSE IT'S GOT A LIMITATION ON HOW LONG WE CAN USE IT.

RIGHT.

AND WHEN IT HAS TO BE SPENT BY YES.

AND I'M HOPING SOMEONE WILL CORRECT ME IF I DON'T GET IT RIGHT.

I WANT TO SAY WE HAVE UNTIL 2024 TO SPEND THE AMERICAN WEST STUPID, UH, FORESTS.

THANKS MICHELLE, FOR THAT QUESTION, BECAUSE THAT'S A GOOD POINT BECAUSE IF WE ASKED FOR MONEY FOR, UH, TO MAKE A FLIGHT 22 AND FYI 23 AT 10 MILLION, UM, AND OF COURSE, ASSUMING WE COULD GET THE ADDITIONAL 10 MILLION IN THE FUTURE, OF COURSE, FOR F 22, UH, IF, IF WE COULD AT LEAST GET THAT 7.8, WE'D BE AT LEAST IN THE VICINITY OF THE, UH, THE 10 MILLION THAT WE'VE REQUESTED.

OF COURSE WE'VE REQUESTED IT FROM ANY OTHER FUNDS THAT ARE AVAILABLE.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO URGE THE CITY COUNCIL THAT THE ARTS ARE REALLY SUFFERING AND THAT THIS MONEY FROM FR, YOU KNOW, FROM THE RECOVERY ACT, IN ADDITION TO OTHER FUNDS, THAT THE CITY CAN FIND

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THAT ARTS REALLY NEED TO BE MADE A PRIORITY JUST AS HOMELESSNESS AND EVERYTHING ELSE AND THE WORKERS, UH, THAT THEY PRIORITIZE IN THOSE FOUR PRIORITY AREAS.

UM, SO IT'S UP TO US TO CONTINUE TO PUSH ON THE COUNCIL TO