Schuylkill gets more money from hotels
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.