Chapter 2.91
TOURISM PROMOTION AREA HOTEL COMMISSION

Sections:

2.91.010    Created.

2.91.020    Purpose.

2.91.030    Composition.

2.91.040    Appointments.

2.91.050    Membership – Terms of Office.

2.91.060    Vacancies for Voting Members.

2.91.070    Removal from Office.

2.91.080    Officers.

2.91.090    Rules and Records.

2.91.100    Quorum.

2.91.110    Voting.

2.91.120    Open Public Meetings.

2.91.130    Duties – Recommendations.

2.91.010 Created.

The Pierce County Tourism Promotion Hotel Commission (hereinafter “TPA Commission”) is hereby created to advise the County Council pursuant to RCW 35.101.130. (Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.020 Purpose.

The TPA Commission shall serve in an advisory capacity to the County Council on the expenditure of Special Assessment revenues to fund tourism promotion within Pierce County. (Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.030 Composition.

The TPA Commission shall consist of eleven voting members, as set forth below:

A.    Three members representing Tacoma;

B.    Two members representing Fife;

C.    One member each representing DuPont, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Pierce County, Puyallup, and Sumner;

The TPA Commission may also include up to one ex officio member from the members of the Pierce County Council or Pierce County at large, and up to four ex officio members from the cities located in Pierce County that are participating in the interlocal agreement. The ex-officio members of the TPA Commission may participate in all discussions regarding proposed activities and programs that are funded by the Pierce County Tourism Promotion Area for the promotion and marketing of tourism within Pierce County, but shall not have voting rights.

Members of the TPA Commission shall serve without compensation.

(Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.040 Appointments.

The members of the TPA Commission shall be appointed by the Pierce County Executive, subject to confirmation by the Pierce County Council, pursuant to Section 3.30 of the Pierce County Charter. TPA Commission members shall be appointed from a list of nominees prepared by the Pierce County Lodging Association or successor organization. All nominees for membership on the TPA Commission must be operators of lodging businesses within Pierce County which are subject to the TPA Special Assessment imposed under Title 4.18 PCC, or employed by the operator of such a lodging business. (Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.050 Membership – Terms of Office.

The initial members of the Pierce County Tourism Promotion Area Hotel Commission shall serve staggered terms as follows:

A.    Four members shall serve for three years;

B.    Four members shall serve for two years;

C.    Three members shall serve for one year;

The length of the term for each individual member of the initial TPA Commission shall be specified in the appointment resolution. Thereafter, all members subsequently appointed shall serve for three-year terms. Members of the TPA Commission shall be limited to two consecutive full terms pursuant to Section 3.30 of the Pierce County Charter.

(Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.060 Vacancies for Voting Members.

TPA Commission vacancies occurring for any reason shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term or, if occurring on the termination of a regular term, the successor shall be appointed for a full term. Appointments to vacancies shall be pursuant to PCC 2.91.030. The appointed member or members shall be chosen from a list of nominees prepared by the Pierce County Lodging Association or successor organization within thirty days from the date the vacancy occurs. The appointed member should be from the city in which the vacancy occurs. In the event there are no suitable candidates in a participating city, the seat may be filled by another operator from a lodging business within Pierce County through the remainder of the term. (Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.070 Removal from Office.

The Executive may remove any appointed member of the TPA Commission for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or three unexcused absences in one year, subject to confirmation by a majority of the County Council. (Ord. 2011-16s § 1 (part), 2011; Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.080 Officers.

When the TPA Commission has been duly created and appointed, the members may elect a Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary. (Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.090 Rules and Records.

The TPA Commission shall adopt rules of procedure and shall keep a written summary of TPA Commission business transactions. A current copy of the rules shall be provided to the County Council and the County Executive. (Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.100 Quorum.

One member over one-half of the appointed voting members shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting TPA Commission business. (Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.110 Voting.

Each appointed member of the TPA Commission shall be entitled to one vote on any matter duly before the TPA Commission. An action taken by a simple majority of members present at a meeting of the TPA Commission shall constitute a recommendation, pursuant to PCC 2.91.130, provided that a quorum is present. All votes must be polled and recorded. (Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.120 Open Public Meetings.

All meetings of the TPA Commission shall be open to the public pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, RCW 42.30. (Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)

2.91.130 Duties – Recommendations.

The Pierce County Tourism Promotion Area Hotel Commission will advise the Pierce County Council on the operation of the TPA and the expenditure of Special Assessment revenues to fund tourism promotion within Pierce County.

The TPA Commission will annually adopt a business plan and provide recommendations to the Pierce County Council on proposed uses and projects of the TPA, and on modifications to the operations of the TPA that would be beneficial for the effective and efficient functioning of the TPA and to tourism promotion within Pierce County.

The TPA Commission will report to the Pierce County Council on the previous year's operations of the TPA and propose an annual budget for the following year on or before July 31st of each year, except in the first year after creation of the TPA the report on operations is not required and the budget shall be submitted as soon as practicable, provided no funds shall be expended prior to approval of the TPA budget by the Pierce County Council. The annual budget presented to Council for the TPA shall consist of:

A.    A list of the lodging businesses subject to TPA Special Assessments and an estimate of the revenue to be received from all such lodging businesses; and

B.    An auditable budget statement detailing all proposed TPA activities, programs, expenditures and revenues recommended by the TPA Commission to be funded from TPA Special Assessments and fund balances during the ensuing fiscal year.

(Ord. 2009-110s § 1 (part), 2010)