* Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

The Okanogan County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) (members determined by RCW 67.28.1817) shall advise the Board of County Commissioners on the appropriation of the annual investment of lodging tax revenues, which the county receives from businesses that provide overnight transient lodging. LTAC membership is designated by commissioner resolution (125-2014 as amended by 54-2020) and by individual appointment letters by the Board of County Commissioners.

LTAC membership include representatives from the hotel industry (collectors), representatives of the Tourism Industry (at large), representatives from tourism agencies that qualify and use lodging taxes (receivers), and is chaired by an elected member of the Board of County Commissioners.  There is equal representation on the LTAC of both collectors and receivers of the tax as well as one member who is an elected official of Okanogan County who serves as chair of the committee. 

LTAC members are:
Cyndi Thomson-At-Large Tourism Industry Commissioner District #2
Rachelle Haven-At-Large Tourism Industry Commissioner District #1 & #3
Steve Devin-Collector-Commissioner District #2
Don Linnertz-Receiver-Commissioner District #2
Janet Warner- Collector-Commissioner District #1 & #3
Arnie Marchand-Receiver- Commissioner District #1 & #3
Andy Hover-Elected County Commissioner


2022 Application Information
You may print the appropriate application for Lodging Tax funds from the links below. You may also request an application be sent to you by contacting Crystal Hawley at either 509-422-7100 or by email chawley@co.okanogan.wa.us

Applications must be received / returned to the Okanogan County LTAC office and are due by close of business on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. * Late Postmark will NOT be accepted.*

Please mail your completed application to:
Okanogan County LTAC
Attn: Crystal Hawley
123 5th Ave N, Rm 150
Okanogan, WA 98840

2022 Applications:
Below are links to the three different types of applications for Lodging Tax funding as well as the instructions. The instructions apply to all three applications, please read them carefully.

2022 Application Instructions

2022 Application-Event & Year Round (50% match required)

2022 Application-Visitor Information Center

2022 Application-Capital Improvements 

Destination Marketing Organization Request for Qualifications

Information On Lodging Tax Funds & Who May Apply

What are "Lodging Tax Funds?"
Okanogan County approved resolutions 51-1998 and 37-1999, which authorized  4% lodging tax on overnight accommodations to help pay for marketing tourism in Okanogan County.  Lodging taxes are collected when overnight accommodations are purchased. Overnight accommodations may include AirBnB's, RV park camping, or staying in a hotel within the unincorporated areas of the county. 
How can those funds be used?

Washington State law (RCW 67.28.1815) requires that funds be expended “…solely for the purpose of paying all or part of the cost of tourism promotion, acquisition of tourism-related facilities, or operation of tourism-related facilities…”

Tourism promotion is defined as

“…activities and expenditures designed to increase tourism, including but not limited to advertising, publicizing or otherwise distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists; developing strategies to expand tourism; operating tourism, promotion agencies and funding marketing of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists. 

Who can apply for funds?
Any non-profit organization or municipally owned Visitor Information Center that will use the funds for the purposes of promoting tourism in Okanogan County with the goal of increasing the number of overnight stays at lodging facilities.
Who decides which applications get funded?
All applications are reviewed by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). The committee is charged with making individual recommendations for funding to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC then approves or disapproves the recommendation.