The adopted mission statement of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is:
“To invest lodging tax revenues in community events and projects that attract the greatest number of visitors and tourism dollars to Lacey.”
The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) annually recommends funding strategies to the Lacey City Council for 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.
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 South Sound BBQ Festival, the Senior Games, and Reach the Beach Washington, to name a few.
Additional information about the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is available in Chapter 3.03.045 of the Lacey Municipal Code.
2024 Lodging Tax Funds Application Cycle Now Closed
Anticipated Timeline for 2024 Lodging Tax Fund Applications:
|August 11||2024 Lodging Tax Funds Applications Open|
|September 1||2024 Lodging Tax Fund Applications due by 5 p.m.|
|Week of September 18||Supplemental Application Presentations|
|October 2023||LTAC recommends Budget to City Council|
|2024||Award Contracts Issued|
Anticipated Lodging Tax Funds Application Process Changes:
The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is testing the use of a scoring rubric for Lodging Tax Funding Applications. Some questions on this application will indicate an affiliated score value, which will be used for the scoring rubric. Scores resulting from the use of the scoring rubric will be considered by the committee but are not the final determining factor.
The City anticipates transitioning from paper to online only applications for future funding cycles beginning for the 2025 funding cycle.