Long Beach, CA
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File #: 13-0845    Version: 1 Name: PW - LB Tourism BIA
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 9/16/2013 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/22/2013 Final action: 10/22/2013
Title: Recommendation to receive supporting documentation into the record, conclude the hearing and adopt resolution approving the Long Beach Tourism Business Improvement Area program and assessment for the period of October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014; authorize City Manager to execute an agreement with the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for a one-year term; and increase appropriations in the Parking and Business Area Improvement Fund (SR 132) in the Department of Public Works (PW) by $244,200. (Districts 1,2,4,5)
Sponsors: Public Works
Indexes: Agreements
Attachments: 1. 100113-H-2sr&att.pdf, 2. 102213-CH-1sr&att.pdf, 3. RES-13-0095.pdf
Related files: 13-0750
TITLE
Recommendation to receive supporting documentation into the record, conclude the hearing and adopt resolution approving the Long Beach Tourism Business Improvement Area program and assessment for the period of October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014; authorize City Manager to execute an agreement with the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for a one-year term; and increase appropriations in the Parking and Business Area Improvement Fund (SR 132) in the Department of Public Works (PW) by $244,200.  (Districts 1,2,4,5)
 
DISCUSSION
The Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (LBCVB) promotes and markets the City of Long Beach as a tourism destination, using funds generated through self-assessment of hotel properties located in the Long Beach Tourism Business Improvement Area (LBTBIA).  This self-assessment was established June 21, 2005.  It established an assessment rate of 3 percent of the gross short-term room rental revenue for hotels within the LBTBIA boundary that have 31 rooms or more.  This assessment is separate from all other LBCVB funding sources such as transient occupancy tax revenue sharing.  Assessment revenue is received by the City and transferred to the LBCVB monthly.
 
State law governing Parking and Business Improvement Areas requires the submission of an annual assessment report by the Advisory Commission designated for this Assessment District.  On July 18, 2013, the LBCVB Board voted to recommend to City Council approval of the LBTBIA Assessment Report (attached).  The Assessment Report describes boundaries, proposed activities and budgetary information, as well as the method and basis for the continuation of the assessment.  The report proposes no change in the basis and method of levying the assessment and no significant change in proposed activities.
 
At its September 3, 2013 meeting, City Council approved Resolution No. RES-13-0079 granting approval of the Assessment Report, declaring the intention of the City Council to levy the assessment, and set October 1, 2013 as the date of the public hearing.  A hearing notice, including a copy of the resolution, was published in local media within seven days of the hearing date, as required.
 
State law further provides that the City Council shall hear and consider all protests against the assessment, program, boundaries of the area, and/or any benefit zone as proposed in the Assessment Report.  
 
The law provides that protests may be made orally or in writing. Protests regarding the regularity or sufficiency of the proceedings shall be in writing.  If written protests are received from area business owners representing 50 percent or more of the proposed assessments, the City Council shall not levy the assessment.  If protests, in such quantity, are directed against a specific portion of the program, the City Council shall eliminate that portion.  
 
A Resolution is attached approving the Annual Report and Budget for October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.  Should the Assessment Report be approved, the City Council is requested to authorize the execution of an agreement with the LBACVB for the use of assessment funds for marketing and promotional purposes.  The estimated revenue for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 14) is $3,863,000.  
 
This matter was reviewed by Deputy City Attorney Amy Webber on August 29, 2013, and by Budget Management Officer Victoria Bell on September 11, 2013.
 
TIMING CONSIDERATIONS
City Council action is requested on October 1, 2013 to authorize renewal of necessary documents for the new contract year, which begins on October 1, 2013.
 
FISCAL IMPACT
It is expected that the LBTBIA will generate $3,863,000 in FY 14 through the proposed continuation of the assessment.  Of this amount, $3,618,800 was included in the FY 14 Budget. An appropriation increase for the balance of $244,200 is requested in the Parking and Business Area Improvement Fund (SR 132) in the Department of Public Works (PW).  Approval of this recommendation will provide continued support to the local economy.
 
SUGGESTED ACTION
Approve recommendation.
 
BODY
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LONG BEACH CONFIRMING, FOLLOWING HEARING, AN ANNUAL REPORT OF THE LONG BEACH TOURISM BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREA, CONTINUING THE LEVY OF ANNUAL ASSESSMENT AS SET FORTH IN SAID REPORT AND SETTING FORTH OTHER RELATED MATTERS
 
Respectfully Submitted,
ARA MALOYAN, PE
ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
 
 
 
APPROVED:
 
PATRICK H. WEST
CITY MANAGER