Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

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Purpose

The purpose of the committee is to review grant applications and make recommendations to City Council regarding allocation of local lodging tax funds, and to review and comment on any proposed imposition of lodging tax, increase in the rate of lodging tax, repeal of an exemption from lodging tax, or change in the use of revenue received from lodging tax.

2022 Application Cycle

The City of Monroe is accepting applications for the second round of 2022 lodging tax awards. Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2021. Links to the application packet can be found at the bottom of this page.

To be considered for funding, the request must be used for one of the following activities (RCW 67.28.1816):

  • Tourism marketing;
  • Marketing and operations of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists;
  • Operations of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by nonprofit organizations as defined by the IRC 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6).
    • Verification of nonprofit status will be required.

Note: Capital purchases or improvements are not an allowable use for hotel/motel taxes except for City owned and/or Public Facilities District owned tourism-related facilities.

Priority consideration will be given to applications that feature events scheduled from July 2022 thru April 2023 of each year, and activities that promote tourism during July 2022 thru April 2023.

The first application round on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, and applications were due no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee met on Wednesday, November 30, 2021 and finalized their first round award recommendations, which were approved by the City Council on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. The following organizations and projects were awarded funds:

Organization
Project
$ Amount Awarded
City of MonroeMonroe Criterium$800
City of MonroeTriMonroe$5,000
City of MonroeVisitor Analytics Co-op$1,875
City of MonroeVisitor Marketing and Promotion$6,160
Monroe Chamber of CommerceChoose Monroe Website$1,500
Monroe Chamber of CommerceFair Days Parade$5,000
Monroe Chamber of CommerceMusic in the Park$5,000
Monroe Chamber of CommerceVisitor Information Center$30,000
Sky Performing ArtsTreasure Island Production$3,750
Sky Valley Trout UnlimitedKids Fishing Day$3,000
Stars UnlimitedFairfest 3on3$5,000

TOTAL
$67,085

Organization

The committee is comprised of an elected official of the City who serves as chairperson, two representatives of businesses required to collect lodging tax, and two representatives involved in activities eligible for funding by lodging tax revenue. A staff liaison is assigned to provide administrative support. 

Membership

Organizations representing businesses collecting the lodging tax, and organizations involved in activities authorized to be funded by the lodging tax, and local agencies involved in tourism promotion may submit recommendations to the City Council for membership on the committee. The committee members representing business and persons involved in activities shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to a majority vote of the City Council. The term of membership shall be through June 30th of the year following appointment; provided, that a member’s term shall not expire until the appointment of a new member is effective.  

Position No.Committee MemberTerm Expires
ChairpersonHeather Fulcher - City Council MemberJune 30, 2022
Position 1Anita Galvan - Evergreen Inn & SuitesJune 30, 2022
Position 2VACANT - Lodging Industry MemberJune 30, 2022
Position 3Mike Buse - Monroe Chamber of CommerceJune 30, 2022
Position 4Doug Hobbs - High Road PromotionsJune 30, 2022
Staff LiaisonRich Huebner - Management AnalystN/A

Related Documents

Lodging Tax Grant Application (fillable PDF)
Lodging Tax Grant Application (for manual completion)

NOTE: if utilizing the fillable PDF application, please be sure to download and save the packet to you computer before beginning; users cannot save their work in the City's website preview screen.