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$52,000 in lodging tax grants recommendations made

After considering applications submitted by four local groups, the City of Ferndale Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is recommending dividing $52,000 among all the four applicants.

The recommendation will be presented to City Council at Tuesday’s City Council meeting for approval. The $52,000 has been budgeted in the City’s Hotel-Motel Fund for 2017 and represents anticipated tax revenues for 2017.

According to the City Council meeting documents, members of LTAC who met to consider the applications were

* City of Ferndale Councilmember and LTAC liaison Greg Hansen
* Ferndale Heritage Society Vice-president Linda Harkleroad
* Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ann Serwold

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Representatives from Cedars RV Resort, Motel 6 and Super 8 were invited but did not attend according to the documents.

LTAC is responsible to apply lodging tax revenues for tourism promotion or tourism-related facilities to promote tourism in the City of Ferndale.

The organizations recommended to receive grant money and the amounts are,

  • Ferndale Chamber of Commerce ($40,000)
    • Visitor Center – $39,000
    • Street Festival – $1,000
  • Ferndale Farmers Market ($500)
    • Ferndale Farmers Market – $500
  • Ferndale Heritage Society ($10,000)
    • Olde Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Park – $2,000
    • Pioneer Park tour guides – $8,000
  • City of Ferndale Parks, Recreation & Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB) ($1,500)
    • Art in the Park/Inspiring Public Spaces – $1,500

The grant applications specifying how the grants will be used were not included in the council documents.

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