Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

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The City of Tumwater invites organizations providing SERVICES THAT GENERATE TOURISM IN TUMWATER  to submit a lodging tax funding application for the year 2020. It is expected that Tumwater's funding level will be $150,000 for tourism events/marketing.The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) also encourages new events and festivals in Tumwater, so if you have an idea for a new event or festival in Tumwater, please apply! 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)

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019. Completed applications (which includes the budget form) may be submitted as early as August 1, 2019, but no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019. Completed applications can be mailed to Hanna Miles, Executive Department, Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA  98501, or dropped off at Tumwater City Hall during normal business hours. Postmarks, late, or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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 which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at Tumwater City Hall. 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 Agreement with the City of Tumwater and submit a Final Report form that reports the increased tourism as a result of the use of lodging tax funds.

For the application to be complete, you must complete the application and budget form:
2020 Tumwater Lodging Tax Application Fill-in Form Word Document  2020 Lodging Tax Budget Fill-in Form Excel Spreadsheet

For questions, contact Hanna Miles by email at hmiles@ci.tumwater.wa.us or call (360) 754-4120.

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) 6/18/2020
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. Kelly Green, Tumwater Craft, (potential tax recipient)

Staff Contact

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

Forms & Reports

2020 Tumwater Lodging Tax Application Fill-in Form Word Document

2020 Lodging Tax Budget Fill-in Form Excel Spreadsheet

Lodging Tax Invoice Form word-icon

2019 Lodging Tax Final Reports

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

Organization Report Date
Olympic Flight Museum
Final PDF file 2019
Tumwater Soccer Club
Final PDF file
WSU Food Systems Cascadia Grains Conference
Final PDF file


See 2018 Lodging Tax Final Reports & 2017 Lodging Tax Final Reports. To view prior years, contact Hanna Miles, Executive Asst./Deputy City Clerk, hmiles@ci.tumwater.wa.us or call (360) 754-4120.

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Meetings 

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

2018 & 2019 Meetings 

Date Meeting Type Agenda Minutes 
Agenda & Items (Staff Reports)
09/19/2018 Committee
Agenda & Items (Staff Reports)

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


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