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Council considers tourism grants

 


After discussion at this Monday’s workshop meeting, Arlington City Council is expected to vote next Monday on the distribution of $146,158 in lodging tax grants as recommended by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). Budgeted amount was $160,000. Seventeen requests totaled $185,335.

The LTAC recommended funding four proposals from the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce, including $14,000 for the Visitor Information Center, almost $5,500 for a coupon book, $5,000 for membership with the Cascade Loop driving tour and $5,000 for the Fourth of July Grand Parade, with no funds for the chamber’s Smokey Point Carnival and the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Carnival.

The committee recommended full funding for the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society’s Northwest Genealogy Conference ($40,000) and the Arlington Fly-In ($30,000).

They agreed to funding several city projects including $4,800 for Arlington’s Stillaguamish Eagle Festival, $7,311 for the city’s outdoor movies and music on the Terraces, $6,000 for the pocket park in downtown Arlington, and $6,000 for phase II of a sound system for Olympic Avenue.

The summer recreation proposal did not receive the full amount requested because a required 33 percent match was not met, according to documents from the city’s Finance Department.

Both the Arlington Arts Council and the Downtown Arlington Business Association were to be funded half of their $20,000 requests, because, according to documents, “the committee could not determine the individual impact of each event as data was combined.”

The Arlington Rotary Club’s request for $5,000 to pay for fireworks on the Fourth of July was not recommended for funding.

The lodging tax advisory committee (LTAC) scored applicants using criteria based on the city’s tourism goals, including length of impact, attracting visitors from more than 50 miles away, partnerships, sustainable futures and overnight lodging stays.

One project, The Wounded Warrior was ineligible because it isn’t a nonprofit or public facility.

Council’s role is to accept or reject the committee’s recommendation. Council can accept all, some or none of the committee’s recommended list.

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