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Accommodations Tax Reserve Committee
The Committee
City Council established a citizens committee to identify options and make a recommendation to city council regarding use of Accommodation Tax Reserve funds.  The committee was appointed in January, 2017.  It is anticipated that the committee will meet twice a month for the first six months and check in with council formally in early summer 2017.  The committee will end once a final recommendation is made to council.


The 2A Accommodations Tax ballot language restricts use of the first $660,000 in Accommodation Tax dollars between 2014 and 2023 with the direction that any tax revenues in excess of the $660,000 each year may be spent at the discretion of city council on projects authorized by the 1986 public accommodations tax ballot question.  These “excess” dollars are a part of the “Accommodation Tax Reserve” which is anticipated to be $1,186,000 by the end of 2017. 

With agreement by City Council, the Parks and Recreation Commission appointed a working group to look at options for utilization of the funds held in reserve.  The working group formally recommended to both City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission that council appoint a formal committee under the direction of City Council and apart from the Parks and Recreation Commission, to formally evaluate the options regarding use of the accommodation tax reserve funds. 

In discussion, the working group identified several strategic alternatives that would need to be reviewed by the committee with a strategic direction recommendation offered to city council.  These alternatives include:

  • Saving funds for a future big vision project, to be determined and funded later.
  • Identifying a large project which would require reserve funds as well as going to voters to secure ongoing funding.
  • Identifying one immediate project that would utilize all of the reserve funds.
  • Identifying multiple smaller immediate projects that would utilize all of the reserve funds.
  • Saving some of the funds for a future project or projects while utilizing some of the funds for one or more immediate projects.
  • Utilizing the funds to enhance and improve current facilities.

The working group also identified the need to look at guidelines for the process, including questions such as:

  • Do potential projects need to be shovel ready?
  • Do potential projects need to be identified in an already adopted plan, or may they be conceptual in nature?

Should any of the strategic directions, other than the “Save for a future project” alternative be recommended, then the committee would recommend a process to council, and once that process was set, would solicit, review and recommend a specific project or projects to city council.