Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

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Apply Now for Lodging Tax Tourism Funds (August 1 - August 31)

The City of Tumwater invites agencies providing SERVICES THAT GENERATE TOURISM in Tumwater to submit lodging tax funding applications for the year 2019. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee encourages new events and festivals in Tumwater. Lodging tax funds can help with marketing or operation costs of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists (RCW 67.28.080; RCW 67.28.1816).

Completed applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, at Tumwater City Hall. Postmarks, late, or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Completed applications and budget materials can be mailed to Hanna Miles, Executive Department, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA  98501 or dropped off at Tumwater City Hall during normal business hours.

Agencies that have met the application deadline and completed the application correctly will be contacted to schedule an interview before the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee in mid-to-late September. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will make funding recommendations to the Tumwater City Council as part of the current budget cycle. Successful applicants will be required to enter into an Service Provider Agreement with the City of Tumwater and submit a Final Report about their tourism activities.

Lodging Tax Fill-in Application Form word-icon   Lodging Tax Fill-in Budget FormExcel Spreadsheet

Tumwater Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is composed of a cross-section of representatives from the tourism industry. The Committee meets two to three times per year to develop a recommendation to the City Council for distribution of lodging tax funds. A policy to guide the City's investment of lodging tax in tourism related activities, facilities, and programs has been established through Resolution No. R2016-006.

Lodging tax, also called hotel/motel tax, is an additional 2% charge assessed to each hotel or motel room stay in the City. These revenues are earmarked for funding tourism-related activities as prescribed by state law. RCW 67.28.180; RCW 67.28.181; RCW 67.28.1816; Resolution No. R97-022; TMC Chapter 3.12

Funded agencies are required to apply each year and report back to the City on the use of funds. The open application period is typically the first business day in August to the last business day in August with application review and funding recommendations in September/October.

Residency & Term

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is a five-to-seven member committee composed of 2-3 representatives from the hotel/motel industry, 2-3 potential recipients of Lodging Tax funds and one City representative, who serves as Chair. Committee member roles are determined by RCW 67.28.1817 and Ordinance No. O2017-011. Terms are reviewed on an annual basis.

Committee Members Term Expiration
1. Councilmember Eileen Swarthout - Chair (elected official) 6/18/2019
2. Chami Ro, Comfort Inn Conference Center and GuestHouse Inn & Suites (taxed business)
3. Jack Park, Best Western Tumwater-Olympia Inn (taxed business)
4. Satpal Sohal, La Quinta Inn & Suites (taxed business)
5. Brian Reynolds, Olympic Flight Museum (potential tax recipient)
6. Dave Bills, Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce (potential tax recipient)
7. Brett Hardcastle, Tumwater Downtown Association (potential tax recipient)

Staff Contact

Hanna Miles, Executive Asst./Deputy City Clerk, hmiles@ci.tumwater.wa.us or call (360) 754-4120.

Forms & Reports

Lodging Tax Fill-in Application Form Word Document

Lodging Tax Fill-in Budget Form Excel Spreadsheet

Lodging Tax Invoice Form word-icon

2018 Lodging Tax Final Reports

As per RCW 67.28.1816, Lodging Tax Final Reports must be made available to the public.

Organization Report Date
Capitol Little League
Final pdf-icon-sm
Olympic Flight Museum
Final pdf-icon-sm
Saint Martin's University   
Final pdf-icon-sm  


See 2017 Lodging Tax Final Reports &  2016 Lodging Tax Final Reports2015 Lodging Tax Final Reports

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Meetings 

The committee meets two to three times per year. Visit the City Calendar for the current meeting schedule.

2017 & 2018 Meetings

Date Meeting Type Agenda Minutes 
Agenda & Items (Staff Reports)
Agenda & Items (Staff Reports) Minutes 

Past Meetings

For your convenience, meeting records from the past year are available on the City's website. For meeting records from prior years, search the Tumwater Records Center


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations provided upon request, with reasonable, adequate notice. Contact the City Clerk at cityclerk@ci.tumwater.wa.us or call (360) 754-4130.