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East Wenatchee Events Board

The East Wenatchee Events Board (EWEB) is a committee that is comprised of five to fifteen volunteers, who have a vested interest in East Wenatchee Events and Tourism. They are active in bringing in events and helping to run the events that the City currently offers. They also review the Hotel/Motel Tax Application and make recommendations to City Council. These committee members are appointed by the City Council and must include the following, at a minimum:

  • 1 Elected Official (City Council Member) who serves as the chair person.
  • 2 East Wenatchee business representatives.
  • 2 East Wenatchee activities that are authorized to be funded by the Hotel/Motel Tax.
  • The remaining 10 positions are At-Large positions, but must either meet one of the aforementioned criteria or be a vested East Wenatchee resident.

EWEB Meetings

The East Wenatchee Events Board meets the first Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

3:30PM
Douglas County Fire District 2
377 Eastmont Ave.
East Wenatchee, WA 98802

2019 Meeting Dates:

EWEB Members

 

 POSITION #  POSITION  Board Member  Term Begins  Term Ends
 1  City Elected Official  Jerrilea Crawford (City Council)  2017  2019
 2  Business Representative  Marianne Rumbolz (Fairfield Inn & Suites)  2019  2021
 3  Business Representative  Rosa Cruz (Cedars Inn)  2018  2020
 4  Activity Representative  Sally Brawley (Eastmont Parks & Recreation)  2018  2020
 5  Activity Representative  Jason Heinz (Greater Wenatchee Girls Softball)  2017  2019
 6  Restaurant Representative  Brent Schmitten (Bob's Classic East)  2019  2021
 7  Retail Representative  Alejandro Cruz (Cashmere Valley Bank)  2018  2020
 8  Citizen at Large  Vickie Sullivan (Banner Bank)  2017  2019
 9  Citizen at Large  Kirk Mayer (East Wenatchee Resident)  2017  2019
 10  Citizen at Large  Michael Machado (East Wenatchee Resident)  2018  2020
 11  Citizen at Large  Jason Fonville (East Wenatchee Resident)  2019  2021
 12  Citizen at Large  Kelli Vancha (East Wenatchee Resident)  2017  2019
 13  Citizen at Large  Vacant  2018  2020
 14  Citizen at Large  Vacant  2019  2021
 15  Citizen at Large  Vacant  2017  2019

 

Hotel/Motel Tax

The Lodging tax is a consumer tax on lodging charges for periods of less than 30 consecutive days for hotels, motels, rooming houses, private campgrounds, RV parks, and similar facilities. The idea behind the Lodging Tax is that the funds must be used to increase tourism, more specifically (RCW 67.28.1816):

  • Tourism Marketing
  • Marketing and operations of special events/festivals designed to attract tourists
  • Operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities, owner/operated by a municipality or a public facilities district
  • Operations of a tourism-related facility, owned/operated by a non-profit organization

Hotel/Motel Tax Application

East Wenatchee Events Board History

The EWEB was created in November of 2002, when the current Mayor, Steve Lacy, suggested that an organization of volunteers create an official entity to provide events for the Community and get the Community active again. By April of 2003, the East Wenatchee Community Events Management Board was established. The plan was to create a series of festivals and events that invite and include the local community and attract out-of-town visitors. The mission statement adopted by the Board in April of 2005 is: “To promote and attract awareness, interest and tourism to East Wenatchee, through special events which portray the spirit of community and quality of life East Wenatchee has to offer.” The East Wenatchee Community Events Management Board was a 501(c)4 non-profit organization that was hosting the Classy Chassis Parade & Car Show and the Wings & Wheels Festival and receiving funding from the City of East Wenatchee's Hotel/Motel Taxes.

In 2007, there was a legislative change relating to how the Hotel/Motel taxes can be used, which affected how the Board operated. Due to their 501(c)4 non-profit status, they were no longer eligible for funding from the City. Effective July 1, the renamed East Wenatchee Events Board became part of the City of East Wenatchee, under the Community Development Department and the current EWEB Director became a City employee. By this point, the EWEB was also hosting the City’s Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas Tree Lighting.

In 2008, the laws changed again, this time mandating that the City have an advisory committee to make recommendations to the City Council about where to allocate the Hotel/Motel Taxes. The EWEB became that committee.

In 2011, the City's Events were then contracted out, separating them from the Community Development Department, but they continued to serve as the Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Committee.

In 2019, the Events Department was brought back to the City and established as their own Department, which also includes the Public Information Officer.

Events Department
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