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City releases sequestered lodging tax dollars

February 20th, 2014 - 5:24am

(Port Angeles) The Port Angeles city council has released nearly 200-thousand dollars in lodging tax money for marketing the area to tourists.

The council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to release the money to the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber holds a contract with the city to spend money collected from lodging stays in Port Angeles on marketing the area. The money is part of more than 300-thousand dollars in city lodging taxes the chamber will use for tourism promotion this year.

But this year, the city held back some of the money until more measurements of outcomes were included in the campaign.

The city's lodging tax committee also plans to have more direct input in the marketing plans.

Mayor Dan DiGuillio and council members Sissi Bruch and Lee Whethem voted against awarding the money. DiGuillio says he'd like to see even more measurements in the marketing plan. Bruch says she thinks the city should not spend money on marketing and instead use it to build facilities and events that may draw visitors. Whethem did not indicate why he voted no.

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