The purpose of the committee is to review grant applications and make recommendations to City Council regarding allocation of local lodging tax funds, 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.
The committee is comprised of the mayor who serves as chairman, two representatives of businesses required to collect lodging tax, two representatives involved in activities eligible for funding by lodging tax revenue, and a staff Liaison (non-voting member).
2020 Lodging Tax Funding Recipients
Beginning July 1, 2019, the City of Monroe’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee accepted applications for 2020 Lodging Tax Funding to cover the period January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
Priority consideration was given to applications that feature events scheduled from November through April of each year and that promote tourism activities during November through April of each year. To be considered for funding, the request must be used for one of the following reasons (RCW 67.28.1816):
Marketing and operations of special events and festivals designed to attract tourist;
Operations of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by nonprofit organizations as defined by the IRC 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6).
The 2020 Lodging Tax Application process is now closed. The City received 15 applications for lodging tax funds.
Monroe Lodging Tax Advisory Committee:
-Geoffrey Thomas, City of Monroe Mayor - Chairman
-Becky Hasart, City of Monroe Finance Director - Staff Liason
-Doug Hobbs - High Road Promotions
-Mike Buse - Monroe Chamber of Commerce
-Elmer Kim, General Manager - Evergreen Inn & Suites