Bid Title: 2023 LTAX Fund Event RFP
Category: Economic Development
Status: Closed

Description:

Background

Port Angeles’s Lodging Tax Fund is the primary source of City funding for activities, operations, and expenditures designed to increase tourism. The City does not make any multi-year commitments for tourism promotion services. However, service providers are not limited or prohibited from making annual requests of the same nature or subsequent phase.

The City intends to maintain a reserve in the Fund and will assess on an annual basis how much of the Fund to appropriate in a given year. The Port Angeles City Council has created a Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to conduct an annual process to solicit and recommend Lodging Tax funded services for City Council consideration. The City of Port Angeles will only consider proposals for use of the Lodging Tax Fund from public and non-profit agencies.

Who May Apply?

The 2023 Event grant applicants may be for profit entities with the demonstrated ability to achieve tourism goals as outlined below. 

  1. Foster and maintain a healthy and diverse tourism sector that continues to thrive. 
  2. Fully utilize and promote creative uses of existing facilities.
  3. Improve the quality of experience and relationships for tourist and residents while diminishing any negative impacts from tourism-related activities and traffic.
  4. Promote partnerships and increase tourism by concentrating on priorities identified by both residents and the tourism industry
  5. Focus on our unique Port Angeles assets that make us a premier destination for environmentally and fiscally sustainable recreation and tourism
  6. Encourage collaboration recognizing that Olympic Peninsula-based tourism supports and benefits all communities

As a result of State Legislative changes made in the 2013 session, all applications must include estimates of how funding the activity will result in increases to people staying overnight, travelling 50 miles or more, or coming from another state or country. To ensure this data is collected, the City is now required to have applicants provide additional information in the lodging tax application.

2023 Budget

The LTAC approved the following budget amounts on September 15, 2022
Tourism Related Capital Facilities$165,000
Tourism Marketing $191,000
Tourism-related operations (available) $117,100
Tourism-related operations (fixed)$176,800
Event Grants$  76,000
Committee Priorities$  38,200


Resources:

LTAX Fund Page

Vision, Goals and Priorities for Lodging Tax Funding Programs

Publication Date/Time:
9/16/2022 12:00 AM
Closing Date/Time:
10/7/2022 5:00 PM
Contact Person:
Ben Braudrick, Senior Planner
bbraudrick@cityofpa.us or 360-406-0654
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