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Published on Friday, March 3, 2017

Keep contacting your Senators on lodging tax bill limiting city authority

SSB 5827, which AWC opposes, could be acted on by the full Senate at any time. The bill would change the definition of tourist under the lodging tax statute and impact expenditures of lodging tax for tourism promotion, events, and tourism-related facilities.

AWC testified in opposition to this bill because it breaks the compromise reached on lodging tax authority in legislation passed several years ago, including greater authority for the lodging tax advisory committee, additional reporting processes, and limits on city legislative authority on using this local revenue tool. Sufficient processes are in place to ensure that lodging taxes are used in the best ways to meet community needs.

If you have not done so already, contact your Senator to oppose this limitation of your local authority. Sufficient processes are already in place to determine the use of lodging taxes for community events, tourism marketing, and tourism facilities.

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