Washington County Indiana Tourism Board Leadership
The Commission is committed to the promotion of groups and activities whose actions and functions encourage the growth of tourism and visitors to the county. Groups wishing to seek financial or advertising support in the promotion of their activity or project may apply to the Commission for funding. Further details concerning funding requirements are included on the funding application included under the forms listing.
Susan Lloyd, President
Danielle Walker, Vice President
Byron Fagg, Secretary
Laurie Jackson, Treasurer
Jana Ewen, Board Member
Eric Bush, Board Member
Stephanie Vines, Board Member
Bonita Purlee, Board Member
Grants may currently be applied for by presenting a request in writing to the board.
Tourism Board Meetings
Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 5:00pm in the Washington County Courthouse Courtroom
Tourism Board Funding
The majority of Indiana's convention and visitor's bureaus are organized under what is known as the Indiana Uniform Innkeepers Tax, or Indiana Code 6-9-18. The innkeepers tax language also discussed details on the application of a chapter Indiana Code 6-9-29. Initial legislation was introduced in 1982, with subsequent revisions. The code allows any local entity to adopt IC 6-9-18 and a lodging tax of up to 5 percent, with the tax being used for local tourism development and promotions. Some counties have a higher percent and they are either under their own legislation or have sought special dispensation from the Indiana General Assembly.
Authorized by a County Council, the Uniform Innkeepers Tax code establishes a local tourism authority appointed by various entities within the county to oversee its usage. These tourism commissions are sworn representatives of the community and must act in good faith to use these appropriations as stipulated in the tax code.
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