Lodging Tax Advisory Commission

Meetings

  • Marian Wetsch City Hall
    23rd Street E
    Fife, WA 98424

Members

  • Lora Butterfield, Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce (tourism promotion groups)
  • Debbie Dymarkowski, Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino and Sunshine Motel (lodging establishment)
  • Doug Fagundes, Councilmember
  • Darshan (Shawn) Randhawa, Travelodge (lodging establishment)
  • Julie Watts, Fife History Museum (tourism promotion groups)

Membership

In accordance with Fife Municipal Code, the Commission must be comprised of five to seven members:

  • A Councilmember who serves as Chair
  • At least two representatives of lodging establishments in the City who collect the tax
  • At least two representatives of activities authorized to be funded by the tax

The number of collectees must always be equal or more than the number of collectors.

Overview

The City of Fife sets a tax on overnight stays in the City. This tax can only be used for tourism purposes. The Lodging Tax Advisory Commission (LTAC) advises the City Council on how to use this revenue.

State law requires cities with a lodging tax fund to establish an advisory committee and identifies how the funds may be used. Lodging tax revenue may be used to: promote and operate events, locations, and activities for the purpose of attracting visitors; pay for capital costs of some tourism-related facilities; and fund the operation of visitor/convention agencies.

The lodging tax is an excise (sales) tax authorized by state law in RCW 67.28. It is paid by people who stay overnight in a lodging establishment such as a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or campground. The lodging tax in the City of Fife is currently 10.4%.

Spending Process

The City hosts an annual process, allowing businesses and citizens to propose ways to use the lodging tax revenue. The process works like this:

  • July 1 - The City publishes a notice that it’s requesting proposals for how to spend lodging tax revenue.
  • August 1 - The application process closes and applications are reviewed by the Commission.
  • August - The Commission makes recommendations to the Council about which proposals to fund.
  • September/October - The City Council makes the final decision on which proposals to fund.
  • December/January - Contracts are issued to carry out the proposals.
  • Contractors submit reports on their projects throughout the year.

Full details are available in the Lodging Tax Guidelines (PDF).

Current Status

The Lodging Tax Advisory Commission is not currently accepting proposals. The  proposal period for 2020 remaining funds was July 1 to August 1, 2019 and is now closed. 

If you have additional questions, please email Kelsey Geddes or call 253-896-8628.

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