Marysville City Council awards $125,298 in annual hotel-motel fund grants

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville City Council on Monday, Sept. 24, awarded $125,298 in hotel-motel tourism grants that will fund costs associated with the Marysville Strawberry Festival, a holiday lighting tour at Cedarcrest Golf Course, and other festivals and events.

The following projects were recommended by the Hotel/Motel Tax Grant Committee and adopted by the City Council:

• $26,514 to support the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center.

• $25,900 for the Lakewood High School Cross Country Team-Cross Country Invitational.

• $25,000 toward Marysville Strawberry Festival annual festival costs.

• $18,337 to the Marysville Police Department for special event funding.

• $8,705 to the Chamber for tourism map project and technology updates.

• $7,727 to the city of Marysville Streets Division and $2,114 to the Solid Waste Division for Strawberry Festival-associated funding.

• $5,000 for the Cedarcrest Golf Course Holiday Tour of Lights.

• $3,612 to the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau Visitor Information Center Program.

• $1,138 for the Scrub-A-Mutt Fundraising Dog Wash.

• $750 to Marysville Arts Coalition "It's Raining Art" event.

• $500 to Marysville Dog Owners Group for Poochapalooza.

Projects are funded on a reimbursement basis, with awards granted to projects that are judged to enhance and promote the city's tourism market, according to Gloria Hirashima, chief administrative officer for the city of Marysville. The fund is created under state law by a per-bed tax assessed on hotels and other overnight accommodation establishments.

City Council member Carmen Rasmussen chaired the Committee, which conducted interviews with the applicants on Monday, Sept. 10.

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