The council voted 5-0 to send the Tour de Terrace organization $18,400, the Snohomish Tourism Bureau Visitor Information Center Program $2,700 and the Arts of the Terrace organization $1,400 in lodging tax funds for 2014. The vote was taken without two councilmembers — Bryan Wahl, who was absent from Monday’s meeting, and Mayor Jerry Smith, who excused himself from the proceedings due to his involvement with the Tour de Terrace organization.
The allotment to the Tour de Terrace organization is up $1,280 from the 2013 amount; the $2,700 to the Snohomish Tourism Bureau is $60 less than last year, and has traditionally been used to pay the city’s membership dues to the organization. The $1,400 allotment to Arts of the Terrace matches the total transferred to that group last year.
Lodging tax funds are derived from the hotel-motel taxes collected by the only hotel in Mountlake Terrace, Studio 6, an extended stay commercial facility located in the southwest corner of the city. In accordance with state law, the tax funds must be used toward the operational or promotional expenditures of programs and events that provide an economic benefit to the community and promote overnight stays in Mountlake Terrace.
In approving the fund transfer to the three recipients, the council followed the recommendation of the city’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee consisting of Mayor Pro Tem Laura Sonmore, Studio 6 Hotel General Manager Ayesha Sheikh, Studio 6 Hotel Operations Manager Laura Peckinpaugh, Terrace-Brier Lions Club member Carol Brickel and Mountlake Terrace Friends of the Arts member Carol McMahan.