Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Purpose
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.
In addition, a Councilmember acts as chair (with another Councilmember acting as Vice-Chair in a non-voting role). 
2015 Members
  • Sarah Blossom, City Councilmember, Chair
  • Roger Townsend, City Councilmember, Vice-Chair (non-voting)
  • TBD
  • TBD
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  • TBD
2015 RFP
To download the 2015 LTAC RFP, please click here.

Current Projects
2014 LTAC Proposals
The City of Bainbridge Island received 15 proposals for 2014 eligible lodging tax-funded projects. The table below indicates the amount requested by each organization and the actual award recommendation by LTAC. City Council approved LTACs recommendations at the February 12, 2014 meeting. You can view the proposals submitted by each organization by clicking on the organization name.

Organization Amount Requested  Amount Awarded
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts $6,450  $5,160
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival $9,250 $0
Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council $13,245 $9,271
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce $38,423 $26,896
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce $35,630  $0
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association $35,335 $24,735
Bainbridge Island Football Club $10,000 $0
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum $15,000 $12,000
Bainbridge Island Lodging Association $36,000 $25,200
Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Recreation District $16,300 $0
Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild $2,680 $2,000
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art $15,000 $7,500
Bloedel Reserve $17,291 $11,496
Kids Discovery Museum $6,750 $3,375
Visit Kitsap Peninsula $18,000 $0
 2014 LTAC Grant Totals:  $275,354  $127,633

 

2013 Meetings

  • Tues, Dec. 10, 9-11 am, Council Chamber - the Committee discussed, evaluated and scored the proposals. Read the minutes for more information.
  • 2014 LTAC funding recommendations presented at December 11, 2013 City Council meeting.
Past Projects

The LTAC award recommendations for 2013 were approved by the City Council on the December 12, 2012 meeting. The committee recommended changes in scope for some recipients. The table below indicates the requested amount and the awarded amount for each organization that applied for funding in 2013. You can view the final report provided by each organization by clicking on the organization name.   

 Organization  Requested  Awarded
Association of Bainbridge Communities  $2,225 $ 0
Bainbridge Arts and Crafts  $6,533  $4500
Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council  $15,000  $4685
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce - 1  $12,640  $10,000
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce - 2  $29,028  $20,000
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce - 3  $8,079  $5,386
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association  $31,043  $8,400
Bainbridge Island Football Club  $10,000  $5,000
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum   $14,625  $7,312
Bainbridge Island Lodging Association  $20,000  $10,000
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art  $35,000  $10,000
Bainbridge Performing Arts  $6,750  $3,375
Bloedel Reserve  $5,000  $2,500
Kids Discovery Museum  $11,894  $6,730
Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau  $15,000 $ 0
The Waypoint  $10,000  $10,000
 2013 LTAC Grant Totals: $232,817 $107,888