Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
Meetings are held on an as-needed basis in hybrid format. In-person in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 806 W. Main Street and virtually via Zoom meeting platform.
Agendas and Minutes
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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:
Total Amount In Dollars
|City of Monroe||Monroe Criterium||$800|
|City of Monroe||TriMonroe||$5,000|
|City of Monroe||Visitor Analytics Co-op||$1,875|
|City of Monroe||Visitor Marketing and Promotion||$6,160|
|Monroe Chamber of Commerce||Choose Monroe Website||$1,500|
|Monroe Chamber of Commerce||Fair Days Parade||$5,000|
|Monroe Chamber of Commerce||Music in the Park||$5,000|
|Monroe Chamber of Commerce||Visitor Information Center||$30,000|
|Sky Performing Arts||Treasure Island Production||$3,750|
|Sky Valley Trout Unlimited||Kids Fishing Day||$3,000|
|Stars Unlimited||Fairfest 3on3||$5,000|
|Total Amount = $67,085|
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.
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||Committee Members and title descriptions||Term Expires|
|Chairperson||Heather Fulcher - City Council Member||June 30, 2023|
|Position 1||Anita Galvan - Evergreen Inn & Suites||June 30, 2023|
|Position 2||VACANT - Lodging Industry Member||June 30, 2023|
|Position 3||Gina Casagrande - Monroe Sky Valley YMCA||June 30, 2023|
|Position 4||Connie Goss - Monroe Arts Council||June 30, 2023|
|Staff Liaison||Greg Piland - Finance Manager||N/A|
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.