MLT Council picks hotel-motel tax recipients


By Doug Petrowski

The Tour de Terrace Festival, the Arts of the Terrace Art Show and the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau were selected to receive the 2013 allocation of city hotel-motel tax revenue by the Mountlake Terrace City Council Monday night. Funds of $21,280 will be divided between the three recipients.

The city’s hotel-motel tax revenue is collected from tax receipts of Mountlake Terrace’s only lodging business, the Studio Six Hotel, 6017-244th St. S.W. The tax revenue is allocated annually to applicants that will use the money to increase overnight or off-season visits by visitors to Mountlake Terrace.

Tour de Terrace will receive $17,120 to help with promotion and expenses of the weekend festival, while Friends of the Arts is being allocated $1,400 for the promotion of its September Arts of the Terrace Art Show. The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau will receive $2,760 to cover the city’s membership dues to the organization.

The three organizations receiving portions of the tax revenue represent the only groups to apply for funds for 2013.
The $21,280 total of tax revenue is a lesser amount than the city has allocated in the past few years. A year ago the city sent $23,500 to local groups for tourism and promotion; for 2011 the allocation was $23,000. Part of the drop in allocation totals can be explained by the absence of a $1,000 expenditure to the Mountlake Terrace Business Association for the operation of a farmers’ market. The MTBA announced earlier this year that they are not sponsoring a market in 2013.

Mountlake Terrace Lodging Tax Fund Allocations

Year                                                                    2013          2012               2011

Tour de Terrace                                             $17,120      $17,820         $17,820

Arts of the Terrace                                         $1,400         $1,920           $1,500

Snohomish County Tourism Bureau         $2,760         $2,760           $2,680

MTBA Farmers’ Market                                   -                 $1,000            $1,000


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