Chapter 2.63


2.63.010    Established.

2.63.020    Composition of the Committee.

2.63.030    Appointment – Terms.

2.63.040    Compensation.

2.63.050    Duties of the Committee.

2.63.010 Established.

There is hereby established for the City of Mountlake Terrace a Committee to be known as the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee composed of five members appointed by the City Council as hereinafter provided. (Ord. 2268 § 1, 2001).

2.63.020 Composition of the Committee.

The Committee must have at least five members whose membership must include at least two representatives of businesses that are required to collect the hotel-motel tax, two people who are involved in activities that are authorized to be funded by this tax, and one elected official who serves as chairperson of the Committee.

A. Organizations representing hotels and motels and organizations involved in activities that can be funded by this tax may recommend people for membership.

B. The number of Committee members from organizations representing the hotels and motels and the number from organizations involved in activities that can be funded must be equal.

C. The Committee may include a nonvoting City official.

D. The City Council shall review the membership of the Committee annually. (Ord. 2268 § 1, 2001).

2.63.030 Appointment – Terms.

A. All members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Mayor, and confirmed by the City Council.

B. All appointments shall be made for one-year terms, which shall expire on the thirty-first day of December of the last year for which the term is made; provided, that members shall remain in office until their successors are appointed and confirmed.

C. Vacancies occurring otherwise than through the expiration of terms shall be filled for the remainder of the term of the member being replaced. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments.

D. Regular attendance by members is necessary for the efficient operation and effective completion of business. Three non-excused absences from regular meetings in calendar years shall constitute an automatic resignation from the members. A member may request that an absence be excused either before or after the absence occurs. Any member who ceases to have the qualifications in MTMC 2.63.020 shall be deemed to have forfeited his or her office.

E. Upon request of a Committee member, the Mayor, with the confirmation of the City Council, may make a temporary appointment to replace a Committee member who will be absent from meetings for a prolonged period.

F. Upon motion by any member of the City Council, and approval by a majority of the City Council, the appointment of any member serving on the Committee may be terminated for cause. The Mayor and City Council shall thereafter proceed with the appointment of a new member to complete the term of office. (Ord. 2268 § 1, 2001).

2.63.040 Compensation.

No Committee member shall receive any compensation from the City for his or her service on the Committee. (Ord. 2268 § 1, 2001).

2.63.050 Duties of the Committee.

The duties of the Committee shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

A. 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 and City Council.

B. Review proposals and consider the extent to which the proposal will accommodate activities for tourists or increase tourism and of the extent to which it will affect the long-run stability of the fund to which the hotel-motel taxes are credited.

C. Provide recommendations to the Mayor and Council regarding proposals and funding allocation. (Ord. 2268 § 1, 2001).