Pullman City Council Approves New Contract To Help Fund The Chamber Of Commerce

The City of Pullman will continue to help fund the Pullman Chamber of Commerce.

Pullman City Council has been debating their tourism contract with the chamber for the past few years.  Some councilmembers have voiced concerns about the chamber using city money to promote the region and not just Pullman.  The city has traditionally sent about 300,000 dollars annually to the Pullman Chamber.  Those dollars come from the city’s lodging tax on hotel and motel rooms.  Those revenues are earmarked for tourism promotions and events.

Pullman City Council on Tuesday night approved a new three year tourism contract with the chamber.  The contract is worth just over 1.1 million dollars total for the three years.  Council approved the deal with a four to one vote as Nathan Weller, Ann Parks, Megan Guido and Becky Dueben voted for the contract while Eileen Macoll voted no.  Councilmembers Pat Wright and Francis Benjamin recused themselves from the vote since they sit on the chamber board.

The chamber submitted a much larger tourism contract offer to the city last fall asking for a two year deal worth about a million dollars annually.  The city has helped fund the chamber in recent years by extending the old contract.