Arlington divides revenue from hotel-motel tax

ARLINGTON — The city plans to use $60,800 of its hotel-motel tax revenue fund for projects to promote Arlington.

That’s close to half of Arlington’s $138,268 tourism-related expenditures for the year, with most of the city’s share going to build restrooms in a train depot replica at Legion Park. The park is the location of many of Arlington’s civic events.

The hotel-motel tax, which is collected when people spend the night in town, goes to promote tourism.

The city also plans to put up visitor information kiosks along the Centennial Trail and offer its usual free series of summer movies, plays and concerts.

The Arlington Fly In organization was granted $30,500 for the July airplane festival at the municipal airport.

The Downtown Arlington Merchants Association received $14,250 for marketing of its annual events, and Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce got $11,400 to help fund its visitor information center.

The chamber also received $5,000 for the July 4 fireworks show.

The Arlington Arts Council, which regularly donates public art and signs to the city, received $5,000 for its music concerts at Byrnes Performing Arts Center.

Olympic Ballet Theatre of Edmonds was granted $4,000 to produce “The Nutcracker” ballet at the performing arts center.

The nonprofit Red Rooster Route, which directs visitors to Arlington area farms, received $3,850 for the harvest-time Red Rooster Days.

The Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association, which runs the popular pioneer museum, got $3,468 for new brochures for the museum.

The city also was able to carry over $25,450 in an interest-bearing account for tourism activities in 2012, city finance director Jim Chase said.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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