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 (ie., 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.

2017 LTAC Projects
2017 LTAC Funding Recommendation (12/13/16)

See the table below for information on projects receiving LTAC funding for 2017:
Organization/Proposal Requested Award
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge  $10,000 $5,000 
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts $4,520 $3,000 
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce $71,516 $56,000 
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association $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 
Bloedel Reserve $16,335 $7,500 
North Kitsap Tourism Coalition $10,000 $7,500 
Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island $24,000 $6,000 
 Total $313,786 $200,000 

2016 LTAC Projects and JLARC Reporting

(JLARC report will be added when it is posted on the state website)
See the table below for information on the projects that received LTAC funding for 2016 activities and each project's final report: 

Organization/Proposal Final Report   Requested Award 
 Arts & Humanities Bainbridge                  Link $15,895 $2,000 
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Link $10,000 $10,000 
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce  Link  $58,755 $56,426 
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association Link  $54,170 $51,842 
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum Link $15,857  $12,000
Bloedel Reserve  Link $14,632  $14,632
Kids Discovery Museum  Link $8,500  $5,100
North Kitsap Tourism Coalition  Link $8,000 $8,000 
 Total   $282,038  $160,000