Public Service Announcement


2020 Lodging Tax Reccomendations

Kittitas County, WA - 11/18/2019 - The county-wide consolidated lodging tax work group met Friday, November 15, 2019 to review 2020 grant applications for special events and projects. Funding for the grants comes from a special sales tax collected on overnight lodging facilities throughout the county. The tax is collected by Kittitas County and the Cities of Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ellensburg. Each entity makes a portion of the funds it collects available for this annual grant process and appoints representatives to the work group that reviews the applications. Funds made available by each jurisdiction this year totaled $251,242.00. The work group recommended awards totaling $251,239.12

As part of the review process, the work group heard from each applicant recommended for funding and then deliberated on the final awards.  The final awards recommendations must now be approved by each participating jurisdiction’s legislative body prior to becoming official.  The following applications were approved for funding for 2020:

Applicants - 2020 Recommended Awards
Gallery One: Annual Marketing, $13,320.00
Cle Elum Downtown Association, $15,000.00
Washington State Horse Park: 2020 Marketing Plan, $12,000.00
Laughing Horse Arts Foundation: Jazz in the Valley, $8,000.00
Ellensburg Downtown Association: Hoedown, Buskers, Dachshunds on Parade, $2,800.00
Western Art Association: National Fine Art Show and Auction, $4,942.00
Junk-tiquen in the Burg,  $2,000.00
RTown Community: Roslyn Art Fest 2020, $2,000.00
Easton Memorial Day Celebration, $1,392.12
Kittitas County Search and Rescue: 2020 Washington State Search & Rescue Conference, $9,200.00
Huffman Farms: 2020 Huffman Farms Pumpkin Festival, $3,743.00
Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce: Tourism Masterplan of Kittitas, $18,700.00
Kittitas Environmental Education Network: Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest, $15,000.00
Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering, $2,856.00
Kittitas County Chamber: Roslyn Mountain Ale Festival, $800.00
Kittitas Environmental Education Network: WindFall Cider Fest and Bluegrass,  $13,750.00
Cle Elum Roundup, $8,000.00
Hospice Friends: Bower's Field Fly-in, $14,000.00
Kittitas County Historical Society, Inc.: KCHS Annual Advertising,  $8,500.00
2020  ChillAxle Classic Car Show and RC Car Race, $9,400.00
Ellensburg Downtown Association: Brewfest Comedy Kickoff, $1,750.00
Kittitas County Chamber: Dachshunds German Fest, $8,700.00
Roslyn Downtown Association: Marketing,$10,000.00
Suncadia Resort: Conserve the Conservancy 10k, $5,000.00
LMMO Foundation: Learn from the Masters Music Outreach, $15,000.00
Ellensburg Hall of Fame Association: Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Museum, $10,000.00
Laughing Horse Arts Foundation DBA Valley Musical Theater: VMT's 2020 Summer Mainstage Musical: Mama Mia! $2,100.00
League of Women's Voters of Washington State Education Fund: Our Voices of Kitco, $5,000.00
Kittitas County Chamber: Cle Elum Independence Day Celebration, $22,886.00
Cascade Association of Museums and Historic Sites: Raising Awareness of CAMAH Institutions Through Online Marketing, $5,400.00

The county-wide consolidated lodging tax work group process embodies strong cooperation between all of the participating cities and the County.  It also provides a streamlined process for applicants with one set of rules, coordinated timing for decisions, and one standardized application and review process.

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Contact: Laura Osiadacz
Kittitas County Commissioner, District 2