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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 6, 2022
Contact:
Katelyn Johnson, Thurston County Commissioners’ Office, 360-786-5440, or email at katelyn.johnson@co.thurston.wa.us

County Seeks 2nd Round of Applications for 2022 Lodging Tax Funds
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2022

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications for qualified projects occurring in unincorporated Thurston County in 2022. Approximately $45,000.00 will be awarded to qualified projects. 

Lodging Tax funds may be used to promote tourism events, locations, and activities for the purpose of attracting visitors to this area. Lodging tax revenue may also be used to pay for capital and/or operating costs for some tourism-related facilities, the operation of visitor/convention agencies, and the operation and marketing of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists. 

The Lodging Tax is an excise (sales) tax authorized by Chapter 67.28 RCW Public Stadium, Convention, Arts and Tourism Facilities. It is a fee overnight stays in a lodging establishment such as a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast facility, or campground.

Proposals must be for tourism-related services in unincorporated Thurston County occurring in 2022. High priority will be given to tourism activities that:
  • Have a demonstrated potential or high potential from the Committee’s perspective to result in overnight stays by tourists in lodging establishments within Thurston County.
  • Promote Thurston County and/or events, activities, and places in the County to potential tourists from outside Thurston County.
  • Have demonstrated or high potential from the Committee’s perspective to result in documented economic benefit to Thurston County.
  • Have a demonstrated history of success in Thurston County, or are proposed by a group with a demonstrated history or high potential of success with similar activities.
  • Minimize duplication of services where appropriate and encourage cooperative marketing and/or includes an element of cooperation or partnership.
  • Provide, maintain, operate, or enhance County-owned tourism facilities or infrastructure.
Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, February 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Please submit the original and five paper copies to Katelyn Johnson, Thurston County Courthouse Complex, Building 1, Rm. 269, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502. The LTAC will review proposals in a public meeting to be announced in February at the Thurston County Courthouse in Building 1, Room 280 and via Zoom. 

Find additional information, applications, and Zoom links to join meetings on the Thurston County website at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/bocc/Pages/boards-ltac.aspx.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3