St. Albans Approved Hotel/Motel Tax

By: Laurabree Austin
By: Laurabree Austin

Another city in the Kanawha Valley decided to start charging you to stay in one of its hotels. St. Albans approved a six percent hotel/motel tax and that's in addition to the six percent motels already pay the state.

St. Albans only has one motel and that's left it’s owners feeling targeted.

Roxa Patel and her boyfriend Cecil Stewart have been running the el rancho inn for 16 years. The city is ready to start collecting.

Mayor, “At this time we have one motel that would be paying that tax. It would be a decent amount of money that would be coming into the city.”

Roxa Patel, El Rancho Inn owner, “They're not going to make that much money from one motel.”

Mayor Dick Callaway explains, “It really doesn't cost any additional money for the hotel/motel that's located here. Those moneys are already being collected through this tax it just means the money will come to the city rather than going to the county.”

But that's not quite case. This motel hasn't been paying the county anything because they are not in the county

THE CONFUSION

According to this sign the El Rancho Inn is clearly within the city limits of St. Albans. If that's true then starting now they're going to have to start paying an additional six percent tax. But if this sign is actually where the city and county line meets then it's very possible the El Rancho Inn is within the county. If that's the case then for the last several years they should have been paying the county an additional three percent.

But the issue it turns out really isn't the amount it's who should be collecting it.

The Kanawha County controller says tomorrow he plans to go out to see exactly where the line falls.


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