Municipalities of five thousand or more must establish a Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. This committee has unique membership requirements, consisting of at least five members, and membership must include two members who are representatives of businesses required to collect the taxes, two members who are persons involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received by the taxes, and one elected official who serves as the Committee Chair. The Mukilteo Lodging Tax Committee is comprised of 3 members from the hotel industry, 3 members from community non-profits, and 1 sitting Councilmember. There is a staff liaison to administratively support the Committee.
Lodging tax funds are collected by a 2% tax assessed on hotel/motels stays in Mukilteo. RCW 67.28.180 restricts use of the tax to fund tourism promotion; and acquisitions, operations, and/or maintenance of tourism facilities within the City.
Lodging Tax Fund Grant applications are evaluated annually by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee who make funding recommendations to the City Council. City Council makes the final decision on project approval and funding levels.
2020-2021 Committee Members:
- Committee Chair: Coucilmember Louis Harris
- Carmela Morelli – Work Force Development Center
- Mimi Landsberg – Chamber of Commerce
- John Collier – Mukilteo Historical Society
- Maia Kalehua – Silver Cloud Inn
- Shawn Walker – Staybridge Suites
Susan Meierotto – Hilton Garden Inn
For grant funding year 2020, the City Council approved $262,200 in lodging tax grants to the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association, and Rosehill Community Center Staffing.