Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
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The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) reviews and comments on proposals for expenditures from the City's Lodging Tax Fund, also known as the Civic Improvement Fund.
The Civic Improvement Fund, created through a state tax on overnight stays in lodging establishments (i.e.., hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts), provides funding for projects that will promote tourism and for the acquisition or operation of tourism-related facilities as specified in RCW 67.28.
The LTAC is required to include:
- At least two representatives from Bainbridge Island businesses which collect lodging taxes, and
- At least two representatives of businesses or agencies eligible to receive lodging tax funding.
In addition, a Councilmember serves as LTAC Chair, with another Councilmember acting as Co-Chair in a non-voting role.
LTAC members meet during the Fall to review project proposals and develop a funding recommendation. The award process typically involves member participation in 1-2 orientation meetings in September, and then 2-3 meetings to receive and review proposals in October and November. The LTAC develops a funding recommendation that is submitted to the City Council for consideration and approval.
See the table below for information on projects receiving LTAC funding for 2019:
|Arts & Humanities Bainbridge||$ 27,000||$ 15,000|
|Bainbridge Arts & Crafts||$ 38,360||$ 15,000|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce||$ 85,483||$ 63,000|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce &|
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association (Jointly)
|Bainbridge Island Downtown Association||$ 72,885||$ 50,000|
|Bainbridge Island Historical Museum||$ 21,000||$ 12,000|
|Bainbridge Island Lodging Association||$ 69,500||$ 60,000|
|Bainbridge Island Museum of Art||$ 20,000||$ 10,000|
|Bainbridge Island Winery Alliance||$ 23,650||$ 15,000|
|North Kitsap Tourism Coalition||$ 10,000||$ 10,000|
|Visit Kitsap Peninsula||$ 18,000||$ 12,000|
2018 LTAC Projects
|Arts & Humanities Bainbridge||Link||$8,000||$7,000|
|Bainbridge Arts & Crafts||Link||$5,700||$5,000|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce||Link||$82,611||$70,000|
|Bainbridge Island Downtown Association||Link||$68,500||$57,000|
|Bainbridge Island Historical Museum||Link||$15,373||$15,000|
|Bainbridge Island Lodging Association||Link||$52,000||$50,000|
|Bainbridge Island Museum of Art||Link||$20,000||$10,000|
|Bainbridge Island Winery Alliance||Link||$22,670||$14,500|
|North Kitsap Tourism Coalition||$10,000||$9,500|
|Visit Kitsap Peninsula||$18,000||$9,000|
2017 LTAC Projects
See the table below for information on projects that received 2017:
|Organization Proposal||Final Report||Requested||Awarded|
|Arts & Humanities Bainbridge||$10,000||$5,000|
|Bainbridge Arts & Crafts||Link||$4,520||$3,000|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce||$71,516||$56,000|
|Bainbridge Island Downtown Association||Link||$72,375||$48,000|
|Bainbridge Island Historical Museum||$15,000||$8,000|
|Bainbridge Island Lodging Association||$61,300||$48,000|
|Bainbridge Island Museum of Art||$15,000||$8,000|
|Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation||$3,740||$3,000|
|North Kitsap Tourism Coalition||Link||$10,000||$7,500|
|Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island||Link||$24,000||$6,000|