CS Council Approves Budget Amendments, Including Funds for WW II ExhibitFeatured Stories, News Friday, February 14th, 2014
Local funding for a World War II exhibit was completed Thursday by the College Station city council. That was among a series of budget amendments unaminously approved by the council.
The $225,000 contribution from the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) to the “Aggies Go To War” project joins $100,000 from the city of Bryan, $50,000 from the Research Valley Partnership, and $375,000 from Texas A&M. The remaining $750,000 for the multimedia exhibit comes from the Belgian government. The exhibit, scheduled to open this December as part of a new war museum in Bastogne, Belgium, follows the life paths of five Aggies who were involved in the battle and would market the university and community to an international audience. The exhibit would move here in December 2016 for permanent display.
Among those sharing their support of the project were councilman James Benham and the chairman of the Convention and Visitors Bureau board, Hunter Goodwin.021314-Comments-from-councilman-James-Benham.mp3
The council also approved $157,250 from the HOT fund for turf and irrigation improvements at Veterans Park’s berms and entrances.
The council also spent nearly $2.5 million from the January sale of city owned property in Northgate at Wellborn and Church. Councilman John Nichols noted more than $1 million going to street improvements. Expenditures also includes $280,000 for an assessment of transportation and facility capital needs as part of a bond issue proposed to go to voters next year.
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