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H. B. 3050

(By Delegates Walters, Webster, Palumbo and Wells)
[Introduced March 16, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Political Subdivisions then the Judiciary.]

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §7-18-16, relating to the hotel occupancy tax generally; allowing certain counties to charge a hotel user fee of three percent; and providing that the moneys collected from the user fee from hotels located in municipalities be rebated to the municipalities.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §7-18-16, to read as follows:
§7-18-16. Hotel use tax.

The county commission of any county with a population of one hundred seventy-five thousand or more as determined by the most recent decennial census of the United States may, by properly noticed ordinance, charge a user fee of three percent of the consideration paid for the use or occupancy of a hotel room. From the moneys collected by the user fees, the county commission shall remit the amounts collected from hotels located within a municipality in the county to the municipality.
The proceeds of the user fee provided by this section shall go to improve the public safety, health and welfare of the citizens of the county or affected municipality.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow counties with a population of 175,000 or more to charge a hotel user fee.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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