Boards & Commissions
Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
|Jason Hearn, Councilmember, Lacey City Council
|Susana Matis, Candlewood Suites
|Andrew Shin, La Quinta Inn & Suites
|Ruth Weigelt, Lacey Spring Fun Fair
|Chad Carpenter, Washington Center for the Performing Arts
The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is charged with the responsibility of annually recommending to the Lacey City Council how to best use lodging tax revenues. Lodging tax revenues are generated through a 4% hotel-motel tax imposed by the city on each room rental night. The tax is collected by local hotel and motel operators and is remitted to the Washington State Department of Revenue, which distribute the tax to the appropriate local government, in this case, Lacey.
The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is comprised of five Board members who serve three year staggered terms. By statute, one member must be an elected official of the City. This member serves as the Committee chair. In addition, membership must include:
- At least two representatives of businesses that collect the lodging tax; and
- Two representatives involved in activities authorized to be funded by lodging tax revenues.
The adopted mission statement of the LTAC is “To invest lodging tax revenues in community events and projects that attract the greatest number of visitors and tourism dollars to Lacey.”
State law limits the use of lodging tax revenues to tourism promotion, museums, special events, and capital and operating expenses for tourism-related facilities. As examples, Lacey currently uses a portion of the annual lodging tax receipts to fund Visitor and Convention Bureau services, Chamber of Commerce visitor services, Museum operations, promotional and advertising expenses for the Regional Athletic Complex, and support for the Jazz Festival, the Mushroom Festival, the Senior Games, and the Community Market, to name a few.
Additional information about the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is available in Chapter 3.03.045 of the Lacey Municipal Code.
How to apply to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.
How to apply for 2020 Lodging Tax Funds.