Ho­tel/ mo­tel tax au­dit nears its end

♦ County Com­mis­sion­ers also plan to un­veil new or­di­nances Tues­day to ad­dress derelict mo­bile homes and sub­stan­dard roads.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Wag­ner DWag­[email protected]

Floyd County Com­mis­sion­ers are ex­pected to ap­prove on Tues­day an $8,000 ad­di­tion to their con­tract with Avenu In­sights & An­a­lyt­ics.

The com­pany was hired in April to con­duct a ho­tel/ mo­tel tax au­dit — look­ing at prop­erty records, on­line ac­tiv­ity and other data sources to be sure ev­ery­thing that’s owed to the county is be­ing paid.

In ad­di­tion to com­mer­cial ho­tels and mo­tels, the tax must be col­lected and paid by any­one who leases their prop­erty for stays of less than 30 days. The con­tract also calls for au­di­tors to meet with peo­ple who haven’t been col­lect­ing the tax and ed­u­cat­ing them on the re­quire­ments.

The ho­tel/mo­tel tax in the un­in­cor­po­rated area is 6 per­cent, with 4 per­cent go­ing to the state. Floyd County col­lected about $100,000 in 2017 and com­mis­sion­ers ex­pect the au­dit to boost that amount go­ing for­ward.

The board cau­cuses at 4 p.m. and starts its reg­u­lar meet­ing at 6 p.m. in the County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, 12 E. Fourth Ave. Both ses­sions are pub­lic.

Com­mis­sion­ers are sched­uled to hold first readings dur­ing their reg­u­lar meet­ing on two or­di­nances that will likely be adopted at their Feb. 24 meet­ing.

One would ad­dress aban­doned mo­bile homes, al­low­ing in­spec­tors to ac­cess the prop­erty to de­ter­mine if the struc­tures are safe.

The other would pro­vide a way for res­i­dents in sub­di­vi­sions with sub­stan­dard roads to get as­sis­tance with re­pairs. The county only main­tains pub­lic roads that meet a set stan­dard. Un­der the pro­posed or­di­nance, res­i­dents on pri­vate roads could pe­ti­tion for im­prove­ments, with the cost pro­rated on their tax bills.

Also, Sil­ver Creek res­i­dent Wilma Bridges has asked to ad­dress the board dur­ing the reg­u­lar meet­ing about the on­go­ing prob­lem of stopped Nor­folk-South­ern Rail­road trains block­ing the dead­end Hall Road.

The is­sue has been a bone of con­tention for at least five years, but com­mis­sion­ers have said they’re aware the num­ber of trains is in­creas­ing.

County Man­ager Jamie McCord said in early Jan­uary that the county re­ceived per­mis­sion from the U.S. Army Corps of En­gi­neers to build a lim­ited-ac­cess back exit, for emer­gency use, through the wet­lands in the area. He also planned to meet again with Nor­folkSouth­ern of­fi­cials, to seek help with con­struc­tion or a promise to ad­dress the block­ages.

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