Council faces tax dilemma

Before the Bremerton City Council reached the halfway point in its discussion about the city’s 2005 budget, one stumbling block emerged in the most unlikeliest of places: the distribution of the city’s hotel/motel tax revenues.

Councilwoman Wendy Priest, who chaired the lodging tax advisory committee, said the committee’s recommendations were based on input from long-standing committee members.

“Members on it for a number of years told the rest of us that the Conference Center going in would not affect adult programs applying for the tax,” Priest said.

Because of that understanding, the committee recommended that each applicant receive the full amount it requested with the remainder going to the conference center, she said.

Another reason for the recommendation was the difficulty in finding people willing to serve on that committee, she said.

“I feared that if we didn’t listen to the public, it would be even harder to find people to serve on the committee,” Priest said.

Under the committee’s recommendations the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce would receive $44,500, the Kitsap County Historical Museum would receive $13,700, the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau would receive $35,000, the Bremerton Historic Ships Association would receive

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