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