Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
Friday, September 21 (no later than 4pm): Application Deadline
Monday, October 8 (5-6:45pm): Proposal Presentations - Council Chambers
Wednesday, October 14 (4-7pm): Deliberations - Council Chambers
November/December TBD: City Council Awards 2019 Funding
*All meetings will be held at City Hall, 280 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island, WA*
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.
2019 LTAC Projects
In September, 2018, the City solicited proposals for 2019 Lodging Tax Funding. The Request for Proposals (RFP) may be viewed and downloaded.
See the table below for information on projects requesting funding.
|Bainbridge Arts & Crafts||$38,360|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce||$85,483.01|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce &|
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association (Jointly)
|Bainbridge Island Downtown Association||$72,885|
|Bainbridge Island Historical Museum||$22,197|
|Bainbridge Island Lodging Association||$69,500|
|Bainbridge Island Museum of Art||$20,000|
|Bainbridge Island Winery Alliance||$23,650|
|North Kitsap Tourism Coalition||$10,000|
|Visit Kitsap Peninsula||$18,000|
|Arts & Humanities Bainbridge||$8,000||$7,000|
|Bainbridge Arts & Crafts||$5,700||$5,000|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce||$82,611||$70,000|
|Bainbridge Island Downtown Association||$68,500||$57,000|
|Bainbridge Island Historical Museum||$15,373||$15,000|
|Bainbridge Island Lodging Association||$52,000||$50,000|
|Bainbridge Island Museum of Art||$20,000||$10,000|
|Bainbridge Island Winery Alliance||$22,670||$14,500|
|City of Bainbridge Island||$75,000||-0-|
|Friends of the Farms||$7,500||$3,000|
|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 receiving LTAC funding for 2017:
|Organization Proposal||Final Report||Requested||Award|
|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|