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Lakewood, Wash. Lodging Tax Expenditures, 2011

by Matt Rosenberg November 24th, 2010

SUMMARY: City staff is recommending Lakewood dispense $394,330 in hotel lodging tax grants to 13 recipients. The largest would be the annual $101,850 grant (to be given for 20 years) for construction of the Sharon McGavick Student/Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, in Lakewood. The next largest grants recommended are for $65,000 to the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, $48,000 to Lakewold Gardens, and $35,000 to the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

BACKGROUND: Lakewood is a city of approximately 60,000 residents in Pierce County, Wash. The city deposits into a special Hotel Tax Fund its share of sales tax revenues collected on overnight stays at commercial establishments in the city.

Lakewold Gardens is slated for a $48,000 2011 lodging tax grant from the city

These “lodging tax” revenues and can be used only for promotion of tourism, cultural activities, and for tourism facilities within Lakewood. The city’s Lodging Tax Advisory committee- composed of representatives from hotels and motels,and cultural and business organizations, reviewed 13 proposals submitted by potential grant recipients and issued the following funding recommendations. The next step will be for the city manager to request authorization from the city council to execute contracts with the recipients so that the grants can be made.

KEY LINK: City of Lakewood staff memo, 2011 Lodging Tax Grant Recommendations, memo to City Council from Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady, 11/22/10

KEY FINDINGS: City of Lakewood staff recommendations for hotel lodging tax grants for 2011 are in the following table from the memo.

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