Schuylkill gets more money from ho­tels

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - FROM THE FRONT - BY MARK GILGER JR. STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: mgilgerjr@re­pub­li­can­her­; 570-628-6023

POTTSVILLE — Schuylkill County will col­lect an ad­di­tional $134,000 from ho­tel own­ers this year since taxes went up in July.

The county com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a bud­get res­o­lu­tion Wed­nes­day to ac­count for the ad­di­tional rev­enue.

The board ap­proved a 2 per­cent hike in ho­tel taxes in April to fund a new bur n build­ing for train­ing fire­fight­ers and for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

The or­di­nance, which went into ef­fect July 1, in­creased taxes on ho­tel room rentals for the next 10 years from 3 per­cent to 5 per­cent. The Schuylkill County Vis­i­tors Bu­reau will con­tinue to re­ceive 3 per­cent while the rest will be dis­trib­uted to the Schuylkill County Train­ing Academy and the Schuylkill Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Corp.

The county trea­surer’ s of­fice an­tic­i­pates col­lect­ing an ad­di­tional $134,000 in ho­tel ren­tal taxes from July though De­cem­ber, ac­cord­ing to the bud­get res­o­lu­tion.

Last year, Schuylkill County col­lected $281,419 in ho­tel taxes. The county kept 2 per­cent, or $5,635, for ad­min­is­tra­tive costs and dis­trib­uted the rest to the vis­i­tors bu­reau. A 5 per­cent tax comes to about $469,000, Paul Bu­ber, county fi­nance di­rec­tor, said when the or­di­nance was ap­proved.

Coun­ties were given the abil­ity to in­crease the tax to 5 per­cent un­der House Bill 794, which went into ef­fect in April 2016. The leg­is­la­tion also im­posed a 1.5 per­cent monthly penalty on ho­tel op­er­a­tors fail­ing to re­mit the tax.


In other mat­ters, the com­mis­sion­ers is­sued procla­ma­tions rec­og­niz­ing Schuylkill Make a Dif­fer­ence Day and the Potts ville Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional Women’s Club.

Na­tional Make a Dif­fer­ence Day is sched­uled for Oct .28, mark­ing the 22nd cam­paign in Schuylkill County. T he an­nual vol­un­teer ef­fort to cre­ate a pos­i­tive and long-last­ing ef­fect in Schuylkill County has won na­tional, state, re­gional, en­core and­spe­cial pro­mo­tion awards over the past 21 years, ac­cord­ing to the procla­ma­tion.

Founded and char­tered in 1932, the Pottsville Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional Women’s Club is cel­e­brat­ing 85 years of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

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