Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
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.
The six-person committee is required to include:
- Two representatives from Bainbridge Island businesses which collect lodging taxes, and
- Two representatives of businesses or agencies eligible to receive lodging tax funding as specified in RCW 67.28.
Unlike other citizen advisory committees, LTAC members only meet during the months of September through November to review project proposals. 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 2016 LTAC Committee has been appointed. Their current meeting schedule is as follows:
- October 13th at 6:00 pm in the Council Conference Room - LTAC Committee Orientation
- October 20th at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers - LTAC Applicant Presentations
- November 4th at 6:00 pm in the Council Conference Room - LTAC Committee Deliberations
The RFP can be accessed here.
2016 LTAC Award Recommendations
See the table below for the projects that are scheduled to receive funding in 2016. Please note, recommended awards are subject to City Council Approval, and are scheduled for consideration in early December.
|Arts & Humanities Bainbridge||$15,895||$2,000|
|Bainbridge Arts & Crafts||$8,275||$0|
|Bainbridge Island Museum of Art||$10,000||$10,000|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce||$58,755||$56,426|
|Bainbridge Island Downtown Association||$54,170||$51,842|
|Bainbridge Island Historical Museum||$15,857||$12,000|
|Bainbridge Island Lodging Association||$55,854||$0|
|Bainbridge Island Outfitters||$29,600||$0|
|Kids Discovery Museum||$8,500||$5,100|
|North Kitsap Tourism Coalition||$8,000||$8,000|
See the table below for the projects that received LTAC funding in 2015:
|Bainbridge Arts & Crafts||$6,450||$3,449|
|Bainbridge Island History Museum||$15,000||$7,948|
|Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council||$15,895||$29,016|
|Bainbridge Island Downtown Association||$61,016||$12,000|
|Bainbridge Island Lodging Association||$45,240||$27,743|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce||$43,918||$34,818|
|North Kitsap Tourism Consortium||$5,000||$2,500|
|Bainbridge Arts & Crafts||$6,450||$5,160|
|Bainbridge Arts & Humanities Council||$13,245||$9,271|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce||$38,423||$26,896|
|Bainbridge Island Downtown Association||$35,335||$24,735|
|Bainbridge Island Historical Museum||$15,000||$12,000|
|Bainbridge Island Lodging Association||$36,000||$25,200|
|Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild||$2,680||$2,000|
|Bainbridge Island Museum of Art||$15,000||$7,500|