Boy Scouts tax-break passes through House

Local - 2/27/2014 4:21 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY – A resolution passes through the House of Delegates Wednesday that will give extra tax-breaks to the Boy Scouts.

A proposed amendment to the state Constitution would give tax-breaks to the Boy Scouts of America’s Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Fayette County.

The Boy Scouts are a non-profit organization and its activities within scouting are tax exempt.

Officials hope the legislation will open the door for more events and activities at the camp outside of scouting. They hope to draw more tourism to Southern West Virginia.

Boy Scouts Director Gary Hartley says this is an avenue that allows the Scouts to do more.

“This will actually open the door for us to do other activities that will draw more people to this area and hopefully raise the economic impact.”

The House passed the resolution by a 94 to 2 vote and it will next head to the Senate for consideration.


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