Chapter 2.76
AUBURN LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Sections:

2.76.010    Creation.

2.76.020    Membership.

2.76.030    Terms.

2.76.040    Responsibilities.

2.76.010 Creation.

There is hereby created the Auburn lodging tax advisory committee. The committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to the mayor and city council, as the lodging tax advisory committee pursuant to RCW 67.28.1817. (Ord. 6040 § 1, 2006; Ord. 5920 § 1, 2005; Ord. 5554 § 1, 2001.)

2.76.020 Membership.

The Auburn lodging tax advisory committee shall consist of seven members as follows:

A. Three members appointed by the city council who are representatives of businesses required to collect tax under Chapter 67.28 RCW, including two regular members and one alternate member who is authorized to vote on any matter before the Auburn lodging tax advisory committee when serving in lieu of a regular member.

B. Three members appointed by the city council who are persons involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received under Chapter 67.28 RCW, including two regular members and one alternate member who is authorized to vote on any matter before the Auburn lodging tax advisory committee when serving in lieu of a regular member.

C. Persons who are eligible for appointment under subsection A of this section are not eligible for appointment under subsection B of this section and persons who are eligible for appointment under subsection B of this section are not eligible for appointment under subsection A of this section.

D. One elected official appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council shall serve as chair of the Auburn lodging tax advisory committee.

E. Persons who are members of the Auburn tourism board are not eligible for appointment to the Auburn lodging tax advisory committee.

F. Subject to the provisions of Chapter 2.30 ACC and at the pleasure of the city council, members of the lodging tax advisory committee shall serve for a term of three years or until appointment of a successor member, whichever is later. It is provided, however, that, one member shall be initially appointed for a three-year term; one member shall be initially appointed for a two-year term; and one member shall be initially appointed for a one-year term. In case of any vacancies on the committee, vacancies shall be filled consistent with the procedures set forth in ACC 2.30.030 for the unexpired terms for which such vacancies are filled. (Ord. 6634 § 1, 2017; Ord. 6040 § 1, 2006; Ord. 5920 § 1, 2005; Ord. 5554 § 1, 2001.)

2.76.030 Terms.

All members appointed pursuant to ACC 2.76.020 shall serve three-year terms. The initial appointment shall be staggered with two appointments serving a one-year term, two appointments serving a two-year term, and two appointments serving a three-year term. Organizations representing businesses required to collect tax under Chapter 67.28 RCW and organizations involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received under said tax as well as local agencies involved in tourism and promotion may submit recommendations for membership on the committee.

Members of the committee shall be subject to removal in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 2.30 ACC as it currently exists or as it may be amended hereafter. (Ord. 6040 § 1, 2006; Ord. 5920 § 1, 2005; Ord. 5803 § 11, 2003; Ord. 5554 § 1, 2001.)

2.76.040 Responsibilities.

A. The Auburn lodging tax advisory committee shall meet as often as may be required to meet the statutory duties described in RCW 67.28.1817, and shall make reports and recommendations to the mayor and city council.

B. The lodging tax advisory committee shall make recommendations regarding the lodging tax to city council, preside over the budget for tourism-related activities based on the lodging tax collected, and provide the final approval for the implementation of a business plan. The committee shall adopt rules for the transaction of business and keep a record of its resolutions, transactions, findings and determinations which shall be a public record open to public inspection.

C. The committee shall, by resolution, fix the time and place within the city for regular meetings, hold at least two regular meetings each year when there is new official business to transact, and hold additional meetings as the chairperson or a majority of the committee deems necessary.

D. The committee shall consider proposals for imposition of a city lodging tax under Chapter 67.28 RCW, establish a proposed budget for the expenditure of lodging tax revenues, and interview and designate lodging tax grant recipients.

E. If such a tax is adopted, the committee shall review any increases in the rate of tax imposed, repeal of any exemption from a tax imposed or a change in the use of revenue received under Chapter 67.28 RCW. The committee shall consider any such proposal, provide for public input, and submit comments in a timely manner to the mayor and city council. The comments shall include an analysis of the extent to which the proposal will accommodate activities for tourists or increase tourism, and the extent to which the proposal will affect the long-term stability of the fund created under RCW 67.28.1815.

F. The Auburn lodging tax advisory committee shall also make such other recommendations to the city council on tourism promotion and tourism-related issues as are consistent with the functions of the committee as provided herein. (Ord. 6634 § 2, 2017; Ord. 6040 § 1, 2006; Ord. 5920 § 1, 2005; Ord. 5554 § 1, 2001.)