Wood County Commission discusses redistribution of hotel-motel taxes

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WOOD COUNTY W.Va.-(WTAP) 12/12/2016

The Wood County Commission has agreed to delay action on redistribution of the county's hotel-motel tax.

Half of the money from that tax goes to the Greater Parkersburg Visitors and Convention Bureau. The rest goes to a number of tourism-related functions.

At issue is Mountwood Park-and an anticipated revenue loss when Pressley Ridge leaves the park at the end of January.

There are possible tenants for the site, but none has committed to locating there.

On hand for the discussion Monday were heads of the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival and the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition.

The commissioners told representatives of the two organizations getting hotel-motel revenues any changes to the distribution would be temporary.

"I have seen people who are upset," said Commissioner Blair Couch, "and I have received phone calls saying, 'we understand, and if it's temporary, we'll live'. Just get a new tenant out at Mountwood that's paying you rent.'"

Mountwood gets 18% of the hotel-motel tax revenues. The Homecoming gets less than 3% and the Interstate Fair gets 3 1/4%.

The commission is scheduled to discuss the issue again after the first of January.

Commissioner Couch says the park will lose $420,000 when Pressley Ridge vacates the park's White Oak facility.