The executive director of a local tourism group has asked the Washington County Commissioners to levy a 6 percent tax on the cost of staying at campgrounds, cabins and recreational vehicle sites.
Ben Hart, of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said this week the lodging tax would generate additional money for the county and the Visitors Bureau.
Hart said as much at $80,000 to $90,000 would be generated from the tax.
The county would receive 55 percent of the tax revenues, while the Visitors Bureau would receive 45 percent, Hart said.
The county's share would go in a fund for tourism, economic development and recreational and cultural activities, he said.
The County Commissioners were given authority by the state to impose the tax this year, Hart said.
Hart said the tax raises a fairness issue since hotels and motels collect a similar tax. He also said campgrounds had asked for more promotion from the bureau.