Chapter 2.27
TOURISM ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Sections:

2.27.010    Created.

2.27.020    Duties.

2.27.030    Membership appointment – Specific qualifications – Term.

2.27.090    Severability.

2.27.010 Created.

There is hereby created and established a tourism advisory committee of the city of Lynnwood composed of up to 11 members as hereinafter provided.

2.27.020 Duties.

The tourism advisory committee shall have the following duties:

A. Positions 1 through 5 (and additional positions if they are representatives of the businesses required to collect the lodging tax or activities authorized to be funded by revenue received from the tax, so long as their number is equal) shall constitute a permanent subcommittee of the tourism advisory committee and the subcommittee is hereby exclusively authorized to be the “lodging tax advisory committee” of the city of Lynnwood to perform the functions of a lodging tax advisory committee on hotel-motel tax matters pursuant to the requirements of SSB 5867, enacted as Chapter 452, Laws of 1997.

B. The committee comprised of the entire membership, whose duties shall be to advise and provide recommendations to the mayor and city council with regard to tourism matters, shall develop for recommendation to the city council, and then annually review and propose needed or desired changes to, a Lynnwood strategic tourism plan which is intended to promote economic activity resulting from tourists. The plan shall include, but not be limited to:

1. Identifying mission and vision statement for the city of Lynnwood’s current and future involvement in, and the use of lodging tax revenue for promotion of, its tourism industry;

2. Identify, describe and propose the appropriate means to conduct tourism promotion by:

a. Activities and expenditures designed to increase tourism;

b. Advertising, publicizing or otherwise distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists;

c. Developing strategies to expand tourism;

d. Operating tourism promotion agencies;

e. Funding marketing of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists; and

f. Facilities to support tourism, performing arts or accommodate tourist activities;

3. A broad range of programs and services for tourists who travel to Lynnwood for purposes of business, pleasure, recreation, education, arts, heritage or culture;

4. Ensure coordination and cooperation with other governmental and private industry tourism bureaus and agencies.

C. The committee shall submit comments on proposals for imposition of a tax, an increase in the rate of a tax, repeal of an exemption from a tax, or change in the use of revenue received under state law, and other matters, which come from the mayor or city council. It may also receive proposals directly from other sources or initiate proposals for comment to the city council. All comments shall be submitted in a timely manner through generally applicable public comment procedures. All proposals shall be submitted at least 45 days before final action on or passage of the proposal by the city. All committee recommendations and comments shall include an analysis of the extent to which:

1. The proposal will accommodate activities for tourists or increase tourism;

2. The proposal will affect the long-term stability of the city special revenue fund no. 101;

3. The proposal will directly and indirectly benefit the citizens of Lynnwood. (Ord. 2177 § 1, 1998)

2.27.030 Membership appointment – Specific qualifications – Term.

The membership of the tourism advisory committee shall consist of not less than five members and up to 11 members, appointed by the city council. One member shall be an elected official of the city who shall serve as chair, at least two members shall be representatives of businesses required to collect the lodging tax; and at least two members shall be persons involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received from the tax. The number of members on the committee who are representatives of businesses required to collect the lodging tax shall equal the number of members who are involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received from the tax. Other members appointed to the committee shall not, and nor shall any member of their immediate family, be in any way connected with a business required to collect the lodging tax, nor in any way connected with persons or groups involved in any activities funded by revenue from the lodging tax. All members of the board shall be appointed to a position for a term of one year (or for fulfillment of an unexpired term); the initial appointees shall serve terms as follows:

Position No. 1:

(City elected)    Ending December 31, 1998

Position No. 2:

(Business Rep.)    Ending December 31, 1998

Position No. 3:

(Business Rep.)    Ending December 31, 1998

Position No. 4:

(Activity Rep.)    Ending December 31, 1998

Position No. 5:

(Activity Rep.)    Ending December 31, 1998

Position No. 6:

(Restaurant Rep.)    Ending December 31, 1998

Position No. 7:

(Retail Rep.)    Ending December 31, 1998

Position No. 8:

(Citizen-at-large)    Ending December 31, 1998

Position No. 9:     Ending December 31, 1998

Position No. 10:    Ending December 31, 1998

Position No. 11:    Ending December 31, 1998

As required by state law, the city council shall review the membership of the advisory committee annually and make changes as appropriate both in regard to the number of appointments and the members appointed. At any other time any person may be removed from the board by the mayor, with approval of the city council. The residency requirements of LMC 2.24.030 shall not apply to any members of the committee, except position no. 8 and any other position identified in the nomination confirmation motion. A quorum of this committee shall be a majority of the actual appointments confirmed by the city council and not the potential maximum number of members for the committee. Except as specifically provided in this section, the committee shall be subject to the general organizational and procedural provision of Chapter 2.24 LMC. (Ord. 2158 § 1, 1997)

2.27.090 Severability.

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this chapter should be held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality thereof shall not affect the validity of constitutionality of any other section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this chapter. (Ord. 2158 § 2, 1997)