Chapter 2.34
LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Sections:

2.34.010    Creation – Members.

2.34.020    Duties – Time for comment and review.

2.34.030    Membership terms.

2.34.010 Creation – Members.

A.    There is hereby established a lodging tax advisory committee.

B.    The committee shall consist of at least five members appointed by motion of the city council. Committee membership shall consist of:

1.    At least two members who are representatives of businesses required to collect tax under Chapter 67.28 RCW; and

2.    At least two members who are persons involved in activities authorized to be funded or supported by revenues received under Chapter 67.28 RCW; and

3.    One member shall be an elected official of the city, who shall chair the committee; and

4.    Persons who are eligible for appointment under subsection (B)(1) of this section are not eligible for appointment under subsection (B)(2) of this section, and persons who are eligible under subsection (B)(2) are not eligible for appointment under subsection (B)(1). The number of persons appointed under subsections (B)(1) and (B)(2) shall be equal. (Ord. 1744 § 1, 1998; Ord. 1740 § 1, 1998).

2.34.020 Duties – Time for comment and review.

The duties of the committee shall be interpreted pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 67.28 RCW as the same exists or is amended, and shall include the following:

A.    The committee shall review and submit comments on all proposals submitted to it by the city council relating to the imposition of a new tax under Chapter 67.28 RCW, an increase in the rate of tax imposed under this chapter, repeal of an exemption from a tax under this chapter, or a change in the use of revenue received under this chapter.

B.    The city council shall submit any proposal imposing a new tax under Chapter 67.28 RCW, increasing the rate of tax imposed under this chapter, repealing an exemption from a tax under this chapter, or changing the use of revenue received under this chapter to the committee at least 45 days prior to final action on or passage of the proposal. The committee shall submit comments on the proposal on or before the date scheduled for final action after having afforded the public an opportunity for comment. Such comments may be written or oral; provided, that the committee shall hold at least one meeting where the oral comments of the public are received and considered. The comments of the committee shall include an analysis of the extent to which the proposal will accommodate activities for tourists or increased tourism and the extent to which the proposal will affect the long term stability of the city’s lodging tax fund. Failure of the committee to submit comments before final action on or passage of the proposal shall not prevent the city from acting on the proposal. The city council is not required to submit an amended proposal to the committee. (Ord. 1740 § 1, 1998).

2.34.030 Membership terms.

The city council shall appoint members for two-year terms. All terms shall expire March 31st of the year of the expiration for the individual term, except for Position No. 1, which term shall expire on December 31st of the year of expiration for the individual term so as to coincide with city council term expirations. The current terms for each of the positions shall expire in the year set forth in the chart below:

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Position Number

Position
Type

Term
Expiration

1

Council

12/31/2000

2

Supported by Revenues

3/31/2001

3

Supported by Revenues

3/31/2002

4

Supported by Revenues

3/31/2001

5

Business

3/31/2002

6

Business

3/31/2001

7

Business

3/31/2002

(Ord. 1814 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1740 § 1, 1998).