Say Hello to Hotel Tax

By: Laurabree Austin Email
By: Laurabree Austin Email

If you stay in a hotel in West Virginia you may soon be paying more. County governments can now raise their hotel-motel taxes up to six percent if they want to -- and some are getting ready to do just that.

Governor Joe Manchin says, “That money will be plowed right back into the economy to advertise the state and area and county from which it comes from - to come visit West Virginia, bring more tourists. Hopefully once we bring them here they'll stay.”

Ten hotels and motels in Kanawha County that are not already paying city taxes will now have to change their rates to include the six percent tax. The increase will bring in an additional $225,000 a year into the county.

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