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LTAC makes recommendations to council for funding

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee presented their recommendations to the Port Orchard City Council for $58,000 to be allocated to various groups and events in 2014 during the Sep. 10 meeting.

Chris Stansbery, Sidney Museum and Arts Association representative for LTAC, said there is an estimated $64,000 to distribute for 2014 and $125,075 was requested. She said the LTAC set aside $6,000 in reserve for next year.

Stansberry said the committee determined the ratio of the total amount requested to the amount available to be allocated was 46 percent.

“We reduced each request by 46 percent of the total,” Stansbery said.

Of the 13 request, 10 were approved for recommendation by the committee.

LTAC recommendations include the following:

• $10,464 to Chamber of Commerce.

• $10,000 to Fathoms o' Fun.

• $9,522 to Port Orchard Bay Street Association.

• $7,103 to Sidney Museum and Art Association.

• $6,500 to extended foot ferry service.

• $3,811 to Chimes and Lights.

• $3,500 to Concerts by the Bay.

• $3,000 to police department overtime.

• $2,100 to Saints Car Club.

• $2,000 to Kitsap Habor Festival.

Stansbery said LTAC eliminated request by Cedar Cove Association and the city's Economic Development Committee based on the average points assigned by the committee.

Total points were determined by a application template with 10 points for summary/review, 20 for budget, 20 for goals and objectives, 10 for work plan and 20 for evaluation statement.

Stansbery said the Cedar Cove Association proposal was “difficult to understand” and did not appear to be tourism related, while the EDC request “lacked substance and was hard to understand.”

LTAC did not recommend allocating any funds to Visit Kitsap, which requested between $12,000 to $18,000.

“The committee determined a better use of funds would be to support the local tourism marketing group coordinated between the Chamber of Commerce, Port Orchard Bay Street Association, Sidney Museum and Art Association and Fathoms o' Fun,” Stanbery told the council.

LTAC members are Councilman Fred Chang, chair; Stansbery; Kathy Michael, Cedar Cove Inn; Christine Daniel, Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce; Frank Graziani, Saints Car Club; Lorraine Olsen, Mrs. Howe’s B&B; and Chan Park, Comfort Inn.

 

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