Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
The City of Anacortes collects a tax on the furnishing of lodging by hotels and motels. State law (RCW 67.28.1816) allows the City to spend that lodging tax revenue only on:
- Tourism marketing
- The marketing and operations of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists
- Supporting the operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by a municipality or a public facilities district created under chapters 35.57 and 36.100 RCW
- Supporting the operations of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by nonprofit organizations described under 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3) and 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(6) of the internal revenue code of 1986, as amended
RCW 67.28.1817 requires the City to have a Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, appointed by the City Council, of:
- at least two members who are representatives of businesses required to collect tax under this chapter
- at least two members who are involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received under this chapter
- The number of representatives from the two groups must be equal and the Committee must be chaired by an elected official.
Lodging Tax Revenue
The City’s goals for the use of the lodging tax funds is to attract visitors to Anacortes, both for overnight stays and day trips. Tourist visits to the unique offerings of shopping, quality restaurants, and art galleries help ensure the economic vitality of these enterprises and the livelihood of downtown Anacortes. The City also intends lodging tax funds to:
- Increase hotel occupancy in Anacortes by extending length and frequency of overnight stays.
- Increase visitors and overnight stays during the off season (October–May).
- Provide visitor attractions and/or promote the area’s existing attractions including the Anacortes waterfront.
- Partner with other Anacortes organizations including government, nonprofit and for-profit enterprises.
- Attract more businesses to Anacortes to generate additional business for hotels and motels.
- Improve the City’s overall image to stimulate positive customer awareness.
- Demonstrate capacity to implement a successful and sustainable event or program.
LTAC reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the City Council for use of the revenue.
The program is open to applications from virtually any public or private non-profit entity with the demonstrated capacity to accomplish the proposed project. This includes public and private agencies such as museums and galleries, historical societies, art groups, and chambers of commerce.
For regularly occurring events, applications for the next year are available on the first of June each year. Applications will be accepted until close of business on the last day of September of each year. Projects must be no more than one year’s duration or one year’s budget. If you are a new applicant or have a new event outside of the regularly occurring events, please contact the Planning Community & Economic Development Department at the numbers listed above for more information.
In 2013, the State amended RCW 67.28.1816 to require applicants to provide estimates and reports of how lodging tax funds spent results in increases in the number of people traveling for business or pleasure on a trip:
- Away from their place of residence or business and staying overnight in paid accommodations
- To a place fifty miles or more one way from their place of residence or business for the day or staying overnight
- From another country or state outside of their place of residence or their business
2024 Funding Application and Review Schedule
Access to the 2024 Funding Application is not yet available. Announcements will be made when the applications are available for next year's events. Access the 2024 Funding Application will be available HERE; annual event applications will be accepted through the end of the day, _______, 2023. See the attached announcement HERE for more information.
Membership requirements follow RCW 26.28.1816 and 67.28.1817 and are established in AMC Chapter 2.48 (viewed here). The requirements include the following:
- A City Councilmember as Chair (RCW 67.28.1817(1) - current Chair - Anthony Young
- 3 representatives of businesses required to collect tax under this chapter. Current representatives are:
- John Kim, Ship Harbor Inn
- Mark Lione, Cap Sante Inn
- Alia Rossi, Majestic Inn & Spa
- 3 representatives involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received under this chapter. Current representatives are:
- Anastasia Brencick, Anacortes Pride
- Nancy Rytand-Carey, Mocean Canoes
- Sommer Carter, Anacortes Music Project
- If interested in applying for the committee, please see the Talent Bank Form for application in the link below.
City Councilmember Anthony Young, Finance Director Steve Hoglund and Planning, Community & Economic Development Director Don Measamer are city representatives.
Members of the public interested in serving on LTAC should submit a City of Anacortes Talent Bank Application. All LTAC meetings are open to the public and all members must receive training on the Open Public Meetings Act.
Join the team that helps make our city such a great place to live and visit. Every year, citizens and visitors alike get the opportunity to celebrate events that are special and unique within our community. These events allow the citizens a distraction from the usual and encourages visitors from many different places that help add to the diversity, interest, and livelihood of our town. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is the team that recommends a funding boost from tax revenue to those organizations. 98221 Studio Tour, Shipwreck Day, Anacortes Farmers Market are some of the events that receive funding from the Lodging Tax.
Click the following link for more information on becoming a committee member of LTAC: Join the LTAC Team!