Four groups win lodging tax money

Four Oak Harbor organizations have been awarded grants from the city’s Lodging Tax Grant Program.

Of the $16,000 doled out this year, $2,500 was given to the Oak Harbor Arts Commission for Driftwood Day, $3,000 for the North Whidbey Car Show, $5,000 for the Whidbey Island Marathon, and $5,500 for the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce for branding and marketing.

Money for the grants is derived from a 2 percent tax placed on lodging industry businesses. Organizations with events that promote tourism and attract visitors apply for grants through the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

The body reviews the applications and then forwards its recommendations to the city council for final approval. The council reviewed the suggestions last month and approved them unanimously.


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