Chapter 2.93
LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE Revised 6/18

Sections:

2.93.010    Created.

2.93.020    Purpose.

2.93.030    Composition. Revised 6/18

2.93.040    Membership – Terms of Office.

2.93.050    Vacancies.

2.93.060    Removal from Office.

2.93.070    Officers.

2.93.080    Rules and Records.

2.93.090    Quorum.

2.93.100    Voting – Meetings. Revised 6/18

2.93.110    Duties – Recommendations.

2.93.010 Created.

The Pierce County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (Committee) is hereby created to advise the County Council pursuant to the 1997 amendments to RCW 67.28. The members of this committee 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. (Ord. 97-20S2 § 3 (part), 1997)

2.93.020 Purpose.

The Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to the County Council and the Pierce County Executive on matters related to the tax authorized by Chapter 452, Washington Laws of 1997. (Ord. 97-20S2 § 3 (part), 1997)

2.93.030 Composition. Revised 6/18

The Committee shall consist of 12 members.

A.    The Committee shall include four representatives of businesses required to collect the tax imposed under Chapter 67.28 RCW and shall be representative of the geographical diversity of Pierce County and provide balanced representation reflecting all areas of Pierce County, both rural and urban, where the tax imposed in Chapter 4.16 PCC is collected.

B.    The Committee shall also include four members who are involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenues received pursuant to Chapter 67.28 RCW and shall be representative of the geographical diversity of Pierce County and provide balanced representation reflecting all areas of Pierce County, both rural and urban, where the tax imposed in Chapter 4.16 PCC is collected.

C.    The Committee shall also include the following:

1.    two at-large members not affiliated with the tourism industry;

2.    an elected official representing a city or town within the area where the tax imposed in Chapter 4.16 PCC is collected. This member will be recommended by the Pierce County Cities and Towns Association; and

3.    a member of the Pierce County Council who shall serve as Chair of the Committee.

Members of the Committee shall serve without compensation.

(Ord. 2018-23 § 2 (part), 2018; Ord. 2000-66 § 1 (part), 2000; Ord. 97-20S2 § 3 (part), 1997)

2.93.040 Membership – Terms of Office.

After the Committee is created, the first terms of the members shall be staggered as follows:

A.    Four members shall be appointed for two years;

B.    Four members shall be appointed for three years; and

C.    Two members shall be appointed for four years.

Thereafter, the successors to the first appointment other than the city or town councilmember shall be appointed to 4-year terms. The city or town councilmember shall be appointed to 2-year terms. No member of the Committee shall serve more than two consecutive full terms.

All terms shall end on June 30 of the final year of the term.

(Ord. 2000-66 § 1 (part), 2000; Ord. 97-20S2 § 3 (part), 1997)

2.93.050 Vacancies.

Vacancies occurring for any reason shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired terms, 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 2.93.010. (Ord. 97-20S2 § 3 (part), 1997)

2.93.060 Removal from Office.

The Executive may remove any appointed member of the Committee for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or three unexcused absences in one year, subject to confirmation by a majority of the Council. (Ord. 2011-16s § 1 (part), 2011; Ord. 97-20S2 § 3 (part), 1997)

2.93.070 Officers.

The Chair of the Committee shall be the member representing the Pierce County Council. A Vice Chair and Secretary shall be elected by the Committee members. (Ord. 97-20S2 § 3 (part), 1997)

2.93.080 Rules and Records.

The Committee shall adopt rules of procedure and shall keep a written summary of its transactions of business. A current copy of the rules shall be provided to the Council and Executive. (Ord. 97-20S2 § 3 (part), 1997)

2.93.090 Quorum.

A quorum of the Committee for purposes of conducting business shall be six members. (Ord. 97-20S2 § 3 (part), 1997)

2.93.100 Voting – Meetings. Revised 6/18

Except for the Cities and Towns member who shall be a non-voting member, each appointed member of the Committee shall be entitled to one vote on any matter duly before the Committee.

An action taken by a simple majority of members present at a meeting of the Committee shall constitute a recommendation, pursuant to PCC 2.93.110, provided that a quorum is present. All votes must be polled and recorded.

All meetings of the Committee shall be open to the public pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 42.30 RCW.

(Ord. 2018-23 § 2 (part), 2018; Ord. 97-20S2 § 3 (part), 1997)

2.93.110 Duties – Recommendations.

Upon receipt of the County's proposal to impose the tax under PCC 4.16 to increase said tax, to repeal an exemption from said tax or to change the use of revenue received under said tax, the Committee shall review the proposal and submit comments thereon in a timely manner to the Council and the Pierce County Executive.

The Committee's 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 Tourism Promotion and Capital Facilities Fund, created by Ordinance No. 97-20S and codified at PCC 4.48.020 H.

Failure of the Committee to submit comments before final action on the proposal shall not prevent the Council from acting on the proposal. The Council is not required to submit an amended proposal to the Committee.

Code Revisor's Note: The reference to PCC 4.48.020 H. above is incorrect. The correct cite should be 4.48.020 G.

(Ord. 97-20S2 § 3 (part), 1997)