City of Vancouver seeks volunteers to serve on Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

The city is authorized to collect a 4 percent lodging tax on hotel, motel or bed and breakfast stays

VANCOUVER — The city of Vancouver is seeking applicants for two mid-term positions now open on the city’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Fri., Sept. 27.

The city is authorized to collect a 4 percent lodging tax on hotel, motel or bed and breakfast stays. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is a volunteer body that makes recommendations to the Vancouver City Council about how that tax revenue is spent. In 2018, the committee helped award $753,609 in lodging tax grants to local projects and events that increase tourism within the city.

One of the open positions must be held by someone who works for a nonprofit organization that would be eligible to receive lodging tax grant funding. The other open position must be held by someone who owns or works for a hotel, motel or bed and breakfast that is required to collect the lodging tax. All applicants must also be available for an interview with Vancouver City Council members on Wed., Oct. 16.

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members serve two-year terms and meet 4-6 times per year. Guidelines for committee membership are set by the state of Washington through RCW 67.28.1817.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley in the City Manager’s Office by mail at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at Michelle.Bartley@cityofvancouver.us, or by calling (360) 487-8607.

For more information about the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, including links to meeting minutes and agendas, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ltac.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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