Accommodation Tax Advisory Committee (ATAC)

About the Committee

The seven member Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee (ATAX) is required to advise Town Council on the distribution and expenditure of accommodations tax revenue for municipalities receiving over $50,000 per the South Carolina Code of Laws, Section June 4, 2025(A) known as the Accommodations Tax Act. The majority of members must represent the hospitality industry, including two from the lodging industry and at least one from a Cultural Organization. Accommodations Tax Grant Applications requesting funds are due by the last day of each quarter.


  • Christy Pinski - Chair - Hospitality
  • Ellen Shumaker - Lodging
  • Nate Pringle - Cultural Organization
  • Sam Britt - At Large
  • Allyne Mitchell - At Large
  • Scott Thrasher - Lodging
  • Vacant - Hospitality


The Committee meetings are set within 45 days after the quarter end, and the committee recommendations are presented at the next Bluffton Town Council meeting.

  • 6 pm
  • In 2023:  February 21, May 16, August 15, and November 15
  • Town Hall
    20 Bridge Street
    Bluffton, SC 29910

Apply For An Accommodations Tax (ATAX) Grant

Applications are due by noon on the deadline date.

View ATAX Grant Application

Applications DueATAC MeetingTown Council Meeting
January 3, 2023February 21, 2023March 14, 2023
March 31, 2023May 16, 2023June 13, 2023
June 30, 2023August 15, 2023September 12, 2023
October 2, 2023November 15, 2023December 12, 2023
December 31, 2023TBDTBD

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

View Agendas and Minutes Prior to July 2021