Later this year, Austin City Council will be asked to put the wheels in motion for a multimillion-dollar expansion of the city’s downtown convention center, along with a substantial increase in the hotel occupancy tax to help pay for it. Boosters say it’s necessary to allow the Texas capital to be on a level playing field with other cities that, in some cases, are spending more than a billion dollars on convention center improvements. Meanwhile, critics say it’s an unwise investment.
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