2017-10-25 / News

Tourism up in town and county; town could raise lodging tax

by Trish Rudder

Jeanne Mozier of Travel Berkeley Springs (TBS) reported to the Bath town council on October 17 that visitor spending in the town and county in hotel/motel tax revenue for fiscal year 2017 amounted to more than $188,000 between July 2016 and June 2017, a nine percent increase over the previous year.

Half of the hotel/motel tax receipts collected are used to promote tourism and the other half is allocated to community groups in the town and county that help support tourism.

Hotel/motel tax hike

Town council member Andy Swaim, who chairs the Finance committee, told the council members that the committee discussed raising the hotel/motel tax at its October 17 meeting.

Swaim said the town will have to make a decision to raise the tax from four percent to six percent after the county makes its decision.

The Morgan County Commission voted on October 18 to raise the tax from four to six percent.

Swaim had said if the county raises the tax, the town would need to raise it as well to go into effect January 1, 2018.

He said the next finance meeting is on Tuesday, November 21 at town hall.

The finance committee meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month and begin at 8:30 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.

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