|Bed Tax Coming to Woodsfield?|
|Written by Darin Brown, General Manager|
|Wednesday, November 07, 2012 3:26 PM|
Woodsfield Village Council met on Monday, Nov. 5 to discuss several orders of business. The biggest news coming out of the meeting was the possibility of a bed tax being instituted in Woodsfield.
At this point, the tax percentage has not been stated. However, if passed, Ordinance 1148-12 will institute a tax for all stays within the village limits at a hotel, motel or bed and breakfast.
The first reading of the ordinance was passed. It will need the passing of two subsequent readings before it is officially made law. While the first reading passed, a lively discussion took place on how the ordinance was introduced during the meeting.
Councilman Dale English made the motion to pass Ordinance 1148-12 on an emergency basis. If an ordinance is passed in such a manner, all three readings could be done during the same meeting instead of being spread out among three separate meetings.
After the first reading of the ordinance was passed, councilwoman Carol Hehr was the first to take issue with passing the ordinance on an emergency basis. Hehr said, “I’m not against the tax at all. But I am against passing it on an emergency basis.” Hehr stated her belief that inn keeps in town should have the opportunity to discuss the issue during public session if need be. By passing the ordinance in one meeting, that chance would be lost.
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