OH Lodging Tax Fund gives out $9,576 in grants

Three different groups were awarded the grants.

Oak Harbor City Council members agreed to give out $9,576 total to three groups from the city’s lodging tax funds during a meeting Tuesday night.

Council members voted in the fall to make additional money available from the Lodging Tax Fund for single-year grants. The city collects a 2 percent tax from hotels, motels and other lodging-related sales to fund the grants.

There were three applicants and the city awarded about 55 percent of each request.

WhidbeyHealth Foundation received the biggest award of $5,976 for the “Tour de Whidbey” bicycle race on Aug. 21.

The foundation requested $10,000, but the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee recommended it received 60 percent of the request.

Lynk Air, an on-demand flight service from A.J. Eisenberg Airport on Monroe Landing Road to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, received the second-highest amount of $2,600 for marketing efforts. It had requested $6,000.

The Oak Harbor Main Street Association received the smallest award of just $1,000 that will be put toward a downtown map. Its award was shy of its $1,500 request.

Councilmembers voted unanimously in favor of the committee’s recommendation.