Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

About the Program

Some activities to promote tourism are funded through a tax on lodging at hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, camps and other lodging facilities in which guests stay for a short time.

The funding is allocated to activities that promote tourism in unincorporated Pierce County and in the cities and towns of Bonney Lake, Buckley, Carbonado, DuPont, Edgewood, Fircrest, Milton, Orting, Roy, Ruston, South Prairie, Steilacoom, Sumner, University Place, and Wilkeson. 

2017 Meeting Schedule

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meets on the following dates: 

  • February 23 | 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    (Note: This meeting will be held at City of Lakewood, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA, 98499)
  • Special Meeting: April 19 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Joint meeting with TPA | Tourism Strategic Plan Kick-Off Meeting @ T-PC Chamber of Commerce, Conference Room, 950 Pacific Ave, 3rd Floor, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • May 18 | 2 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • August 17 | 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • November 16, 2017 | 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Pierce County Library Processing & Administrative Center located at 3005 112th Street East in Tacoma.

Any changes to the schedule or meeting place, including cancellations or special meetings, will be posted on this page and will be prominently displayed at the Pierce County Economic Development Department office at 950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 720, in Tacoma. 

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee 

The 12 members of the LTAC are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Pierce County Council to recommend use of the annual allocation of funds and to advise the County on tourism activities. 

The Committee includes: 
  • One County Council Member (who serves as chair)
  • One representative of the participating cities and towns
  • Four members who collect lodging taxes
  • Four members who are users of lodging taxes
  • Two members at-large who are not affiliated with the lodging industry nor the tourism industry

Application Process

The LTAC Application for 2018 funding will be available mid-year 2017.

  • Applications may be submitted by any organization, group, or business (not-for-profit, municipality, etc.) interested in promoting tourism in the eligible areas noted above.
  • Applications are not accepted online.
  • Selected applicants may be requested to provide an oral presentation to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC).
  • If applying for a capital project, please contact Kathy Sorgenfrei before completing the application.
  • Timeline for Lodging Tax applications and funding (TBA)
  • Committee recommendations are submitted to the County Executive and County Council to be included in the following year's budget.
  • Insurance requirements if awarded funds.
  • Recipients that receive federals funds over $500,000 will be required to submit an audit report per A-133 federal requirements at point of contract with Pierce County for lodging tax funds.
  • Activities which will be considered for funding include, but are not limited to, those that increase tourism by: 
    • Advertising, publicizing and distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists
    • Developing strategies to expand tourism
    • Operate tourism promotional agencies
    • Construct / renovate tourism related facilities in which Pierce County retains an ownership interest
The expected outcome of such activities would be to increase economic activity during the funding year and subsequent years by increasing the number of guests lodged in the area, additional meals, sales of souvenirs and gifts, and the availability and accessibility of tourism related facilities. 

Past Funding Awards