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.

Committee Vacancy

Candidates are being recruited from the unincorporated areas of Mt. Rainier for a Fund User vacancy on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. A Fund User is involved in activities authorized to be funded by lodging tax. Four year term length. Successful candidates will be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The board meets four to six times a year plus special meetings as needed. All meetings are open to the public.

If interested, please complete the application and mail to:

Attn: Kathy Sorgenfrei
Pierce County Economic Development Dept
950 Pacific Ave, Ste 720
Tacoma, WA 98402

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
  • Special Meeting: June 14 | 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Joint meeting with TPA | Tourism Strategic Plan Update Meeting @ Pierce County Library Processing & Administrative Center located at 3005 112th Street East in Tacoma
  • August 17 | 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • September 7 and  8 | 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Special Meeting: November 16, 2017 | 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Joint workshop on Tourism Strategic Plan with LTAC & TPA board members @ Eagles Pride Golf Course at JBLM, exit 116.
  • November 30, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 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 unless otherwise indicated.

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. 

Application Process

The LTAC Application for 2018 funding is available as of July 17,2017 with a submission deadline of August 11, 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. 

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee 

The 12 members of the LTAC are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Pierce County Council, The Committee recommends use of the annual allocation of funds and advises the County on tourism activities. The Commission is administered by Pierce County's Economic Development Department. 

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

Past Funding Awards