Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

2023 Lodging Tax Requests for Proposals

Applications were received from the following:

ApplicantRequest
Puget Sound Navy Museum $7,500 
Bremerton Blackberry Festival $20,000 
Visit Kitsap Peninsula$45,000 
Bremerton Bridge Blast$30,000
Collective Visions Gallery$5,000 
West Sound Pickleball Community $40,000
Historic Ships   $55,000 
Heavy Jeens  $24,780
WSSEF $50,000
Valentinetti Puppet Museum $15,000
Kitsap History Museum $30,000 
Roxy Bremerton Foundation  $12,000
Admiral Theatre Foundation  $60,000 
Greater Kitsap Chamber     $138,180 
Total Requests  $532,460

Meetings

Pre-Application Meeting Tuesday, July 26       2:00 – 4:00 PM          
Interviews Friday, October 7      1:00 – 5:00 PM          
Interviews Friday, October 14    1:00 – 5:00 PM
Recommendations Friday, October 21    1:00 – 3:00 PM            
Council Approves Funding By December 21                                           
Contracts with Organizations Starting 1st Quarter 2023                             

***Meetings anticipated by Zoom unless otherwise noted***

Members


The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Title 67.28.1817 “Lodging Tax Advisory Committee in large municipalities” requires that “the committee membership shall include: (a) at least two members who are representatives of businesses required to collect the tax under this chapter; and (b) at least two members who are persons involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received under this chapter; …and “one member shall be an elected official of the municipality who shall serve as chair of the committee”.      
 
More information is provided in Bremerton Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 2.38 “Lodging Tax Advisory Committee”. The Council President appoints a Council Member as Chair to this committee on an annual basis and members of the committee may serve up to three 3-year terms.


o    Denise Frey, City Council Member & Committee Chair
o    Harrington Griffin, Fairfield Inn & Suites (term expires May 17, 2025)
o    Ash Printy, Hampton Inn & Suites (term expires April 6, 2024) 
o    Mike Huey, Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (term expires April 6, 2024)
o    Virgil Valdez, Kitsap Filipino-American Association of Kitsap County (term expires April 6, 2024)


Overview


Hotels collect a lodging tax when people stay overnight at a hotel, motel, long-term stay facility, bed and breakfast, or other similar type of overnight lodging. Proceeds are then provided to cities and those funds can only be used by non-profit organizations and government entities for the following:

o    Marketing and operations of special events and festivals (also called “tourism promotion”)
o    Operations (but not capital expenditures) of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by non-profits
o    Operations and capital expenditures of tourism related facilities owned or operated by a municipality or public facility district

The committee’s role is to review the requests for funding from the lodging tax and make recommendations on funding to the Mayor and City Council. City Council may accept the recommendations as presented, modify the recommendations by removing a recipient(s) from the list, or remand the recommendations back to the committee for further deliberation. Following formal action by the City Council, the allocations are included in the City’s Budget. After the budget is adopted, organizations enter into contracts with the City of Bremerton to provide tourism-related services for the next fiscal year.  


Contact


For general questions, please contact City.Council@ci.bremerton.wa.us.

For contract or funding related questions, please contact Contract Administrator Melinda.Monroe@ci.bremerton.wa.us

2022 Lodging Tax Funding


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