Federal Way city leaders have approved spending more money on a sand-sculpting competition.
The City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday night to spend another $25,000 from the city’s hotel-motel tax, or lodging tax. The council also approved moving $5,000 that was designated for a parade to the budget for the sand-sculpting competition.
Organizers said $5,000 wasn’t enough money to fund a parade in conjunction with the event.
The council’s action increases the total city money for this summer’s “Tour of Champions” competition to $53,000, including $23,0000 approved earlier this year. All of the money will come from the city’s 1 percent tax on hotel-motel stays, which can only be used to promote tourism.
Council member Mike Park voted against spending more money on the event, scheduled for Aug. 18 to Sept. 5. Council member Linda Kochmar was absent.
Last year’s World Championship of Sand Sculpting – held in Federal Way for the first time – was hurt by wet weather in September and lost about $50,000.