Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Purpose

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) reviews and comments on proposals for expenditures from the City's Lodging Tax Fund, also known as the Civic Improvement Fund.

The Civic Improvement Fund, created through a state tax on overnight stays in lodging establishments (i.e.., hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts), provides funding for projects that will promote tourism and for the acquisition or operation of tourism-related facilities as specified in RCW 67.28.

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2024 Lodging Tax Funding Cycle

OrganizationProject
Request
Awarded
Arts and Humanities BainbridgeBainbridge Creative District Community Connection Initiative
30,500
12,761
Bainbridge Artisan Resource NetworkBARN Creative Tourism Campaign30,00010,883
Bainbridge Island Chamber of CommerceFriendly Multi-Platform Visitor Information Network
80,116
65,983
Bainbridge Island Downtown AssociationTourist Downtown Walking Map, Celebrate Bainbridge Street Dance, Holiday Promotions and Events, Shoulder Season Tourism Marketing and Public Relations
89,000
63,183
Bainbridge Island Film FestivalBainbridge Island Film Festival Operational Support
10,000
7,183
Bainbridge Island Historical MuseumPromotional Video Production
16,245
9,852
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association (BIJAEMA) Capacity Building to Support Ongoing Operations of the Memorial10,00010,000
Bainbridge Island Museum of ArtBIMA Cultural Events and Festivals
20,000
14,683
Bloedel ReserveElevating Awareness of Bloedel Reserve Through Ferry System Advertising
17,160
7,983
Visit Bainbridge IslandVisit Bainbridge Island (DMO) 2024 Tourism Marketing Proposal
215,000
166,414
Visit Kitsap Peninsula2024 Year-Round Tourism Marketing Support for the City of Bainbridge Island
166,500
0
WEAVE PresentsBI Summerfest
40,000
14,983
Winery Alliance of Bainbridge IslandKitsap County Wind & Cider Passport
30,545
16,092

Total
755,066
400,000
  1. 2023
  2. 2022
  3. 2021
  4. 2020
  5. 2019

2023 Lodging Tax Funding Cycle
At their December 13, 2022 business meeting, the City Council approved the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee's 2023 funding recommendations:

OrganizationProjectAwarded
Arts & Humanities BainbridgeBainbridge Creative District 
2023 Bridge Festival
24,700
Bainbridge Arts & CraftsOff-Island Advertising & Marketing6,600
Bainbridge Island Chamber 
of Commerce
Multi-Platform Visitor Engagement Network58,783
Bainbridge Island Downtown AssociationTourist Downtown Walkabout Map, Celebrate BI - Street Dance, Holiday Events31,825
Bainbridge Island Historical MuseumComprehensive & Strategic Marketing Plan12,800
Bainbridge Island Lodging AssociationPromotions and Events, Innovative Program Development for Shoulder Season Tourism Engagement60,860
Bainbridge Island Museum
of Art
Community Cultural Programs & Festivals13,400
Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation Trail Maps & 2023 Trillium Trail Run8,500
Bloedel ReserveIncreasing Off-Season Visits with Seattle Bus Advertising8,132
Kids Discovery MuseumFam Jam7,480
Visit Bainbridge Island2023 Destination Marketing Campaign100,720
Visit KitsapMaritime & Heritage Tourism Marketing Campaign 4,000
Winery Alliance of Bainbridge IslandWine on the Rock Events12,200

Total
350,000