Hotel Motel Tax from Ace Adventure Resort will go back to county, rather than Oak Hill

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – The Fayette County Commission sat down with the City of Oak Hill on Tuesday to discuss a change in the allocation of the Hotel Occupancy Tax.

When Minden became part of the City of Oak Hill, the city began receiving the Hotel Motel Tax from Ace Adventure Resort.

However, the county realized in looking at state code that that never should have happened in the first place.

Fayette County Commission President Denise Scalph says the county should have been grandfathered in with the annexation.

The county sent out the letter to the City of Oak Hill, and they agreed to meet on the matter.

“Their budget, meaning the City of Oak Hill, they’ve done their current budget or this budget on that money and included that, so the county will not interfere with that but going on the next budget year, then the county will go ahead and, by state code, those monies will be paid to the county,” Scalph said.

From here, they will notify Ace of the change, but President Scalph says the money will stay in the area and “nothing will really change.”

In the county’s current budget, 57.5% of the Hotel Occupancy Tax goes to the local CVBs helping to promote the area.

They hope to also provide more recreational opportunities throughout the county through trail building and marketing.

The county will not be asking Oak Hill for the monies the city collected over the years from Ace with the tax.

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Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.