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.