Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Important Dates

Friday, September 21 (no later than 4pm): Application Deadline
Monday, October 8 (5-6:45pm): Proposal Presentations - Council Chambers
Wednesday, October 17 (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.

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)
$  2,500-0-
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
2018 LTAC Funding Recommendation

See the table below for information on projects receiving LTAC funding for 2018:

Arts & Humanities Bainbridge$8,000$7,000 
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts$5,700
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
Bloedel Reserve$30,500$23,000 
City of Bainbridge Island$75,000-0-
Friends of the Farms$7,500$3,000
North Kitsap Tourism Coalition
Visit Kitsap Peninsula$18,000$9,000

2017 LTAC Projects

2017 LTAC State Report
2017 Year End Reports
2017 LTAC Funding Recommendation (12/13/16)

See the table below for information on projects receiving LTAC funding for 2017:

Organization ProposalFinal Report RequestedAward
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 
Bloedel Reserve $16,335$7,500 
North Kitsap Tourism Coalition Link $10,000$7,500 
Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island Link$24,000$6,000 
 Total $313,786$200,000