The tax committee recommends $ 309,900 for tourism projects
LAKE MOSES – The Moses Lake Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) met on Wednesday to discuss how the $ 309,900 in hotel and motel tax available for 2022 tourism projects should be allocated between entities.
The city annually allocates hotel / motel tax money to entities working to promote Moses Lake tourism. While the LTAC makes recommendations, Moses Lake City Council will have the final say on funded projects.
Eleven entities requested approximately $ 435,000 in funds this year. The five-member committee recommended that all entities receive at least one funding – using all available $ 309,900 – with the exception of Visit Washington, which requested $ 3,650 for event tourism marketing, and Moses Lake Freedom Fest, which asked for $ 50,000.
Last year, the LTAC also did not recommend funding Freedom Fest with hotel / motel tax money. However, Moses Lake City Council voted in November 2020 to donate $ 50,000 to the Independence Day celebration and may do so again. The committee suggested at Wednesday’s meeting that city council could use money from the American Rescue Plan Act to fund the event in 2022.
Moses Lake Spring Festival – the same entity that hosts Freedom Fest – received a $ 40,000 recommendation for the Memorial Day 2022 event.
Some applicants were recommended for less funding than they requested, including the Grant County Fairgrounds, which requested $ 75,000 and received a recommendation of $ 40,000.
The committee’s funding recommendations were as follows:
• Town of Moses Lake – Tourism – $ 110,000
• Allied Arts of the Columbia Basin – $ 7,500
• Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation – $ 5,000
• Columbia Basin Community Concert Association – $ 7,500
• Downtown Moses Lake Association – $ 2,000
• Entco International – $ 57,900
• Grant County Fairgrounds – $ 40,000
• BMX Moses Lake – $ 5,000
• Moses Lake Spring Festival – $ 40,000
• Sand Scorpions ORV Group – $ 35,000.