CHAPTER 2.36
LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE Revised 9/17

Sections:

2.36.010    Establishment – Purpose.

2.36.020    Members.

2.36.030    Terms.

2.36.040    Authority and duties. Revised 9/17

2.36.010 Establishment – Purpose.

There is created the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee for the City, the purpose of which is review proposals for the changes in the Hotel/Motel Tax authorized in Chapter 3.24, including increases or decreases in the rate of tax, the repeal of an exemption to the Hotel/Motel Tax, or a change in the use of the monies accumulated in the Tourist/Visitor Fund, described in Section 3.50.110, all as authorized and required in RCW 67.28.1817. (Ord 07-200 §2)

2.36.020 Members.

Pursuant to RCW 67.28.1817(1), the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee shall have five (5) members, appointed by the Council, as follows:

Position 1:

Representative of a business required to collect the Hotel/Motel Tax;

Position 2:

Representative of a business required to collect the Hotel/Motel Tax;

Position 3:

Representative of an activity whose activities are authorized to be funded by the Hotel/Motel Tax and the Tourist/Visitor Fund;

Position 4:

Representative of an activity whose activities are authorized to be funded by the Hotel/Motel Tax and the Tourist/Visitor Fund; and

Position 5:

Representative of the City, including the Mayor or a Councilmember, who shall be the Chairperson of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

(Ord 07-200 §2)

2.36.030 Terms.

Once each year, the Council shall review and make changes to the membership of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, as it deems appropriate. (Ord 07-200 §2)

2.36.040 Authority and duties. Revised 9/17

A. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee may establish programs and procedures whereby parties may apply for grants from the Tourist/Visitor Fund for tourism promotion, acquisition of tourism-related facilities, or operation of tourism-related facilities. Any grants under such programs must be approved by the City Council.

B. Pursuant to RCW 67.28.1817, the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee shall review any proposal described in that section, and shall submit comments on the proposal, which 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 Tourist/Visitor Fund. (Ord 17-494 §1; Ord 07-200 §2)