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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 membership 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

One Committee Vacancy - Application Deadline 12/02/16:
The Pierce County Economic Development Department is seeking a citizen volunteer to serve on its twelve member Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) for a four-year term. Successful candidates will be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Candidates are being recruited from the Fund User category ("...involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenues received pursuant to Chapter 67.28 RCW..." - Pierce County Code & Charter, Title 2, Chapter 2.93).

If interested, please submit a completed application via email or mail by Friday, November 18, 2016.
Mailing Address:
Kathy Sorgenfrei
Pierce County Economic Development Dept
950 Pacific Ave, Ste 720
Tacoma, WA 98402 

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
  • Wilkeson

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.

Application Process

The LTAC Application for 2017 funding is now available. The submission deadline is April 11, 2016 by 4:00 pm.
  • 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
  • Committee recommendations are completed and submitted to the County Executive and County Council by May 30 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.

2016 Meeting Schedule
The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meets on the following dates:

Special Meeting scheduled for September 26, 2016 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Pierce County Library Processing & Administrative Center, 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA.

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. 

Funding Awards & Recommendations

Contact Us

Economic Development Department

950 Pacific Ave.
Suite 720
Tacoma, WA 98402

Ph: (253) 798-6150
Fx: (253) 798-6389

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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