Council modifies lodging tax tourism grants

Published on : Friday, November 17, 2017

tax tourism grantsIn the next three years, the Walla Walla’s tourism funding will be divided a little differently. On Wednesday, the City Council allowed a recommendation from the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee that makes Visit Walla Walla the largest recipient, although at a lesser percentage than its historic amount.

The huge volume of $1 million, churned out by taxes paid to lodging establishments in terms of overnight stays, will go to the marketing organization of Visit Walla Walla. The NGO will get $670,000 under the 2018 plan. That quantity stands for about 67 percent of the overall budget. It’s a decline that this year started with followed by funding after years of Visit getting around 83.5 percent of the funds.

Also, the 5-0 vote by Council created the path for Visit to keep on receiving the same percent of the lodging tax dollars through 2020.

Other organizations approved on Wednesday which are receiving funds are as follows: Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance ($100,000); Downtown Walla Walla Foundation ($85,000); Borleske Stadium Association ($75,000); Fort Walla Walla Museum ($40,000); and Walla Walla Valley Guitar Festival ($20,000).

Those organizations will carry on to be financed, along with Visit, through 2020 at their individual percentage rates.


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