MOUNDSVILLE - People who find lodging in unincorporated areas of Marshall County will pay an additional 6 percent tax with their bill after commissioners unanimously approved a a new hotel occupancy tax Tuesday.
The tax will be effective Sept. 1 and will apply to boarding houses, hotels, motels, inns, courts, lodges, cabins and tourist homes. The funds collected will be distributed to support tourism in the county. Grand Vue Park cabins, the New Vrindaban Community and Roseland Resort will be among venues required to collect the occupancy tax.
The ordinance establishes procedures for the collection and administration of the tax and penalties for failure to comply. For people staying in such lodgings for more than 30 days, the tax will no longer apply.
Craig White, manager at Grand Vue Park, spoke during the public hearing to ask if the tax would apply to patrons who booked a room before Sept. 1. Marshall County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel said the commission was still determining when the tax would apply for bookings made before September.
"There has never been a hotel tax in Marshall County, but it is normal in most counties in the state," Commissioner Robert Miller said after the meeting. "We don't have this sort of fund now, so it'll be good to fund tourism a little further."
Commissioner Donald Mason said he thought the tax would "help the county."