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Berkeley Springs briefs

February 07, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

High school student to design Web site



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Bath Town Council unanimously approved spending up to $500 for the cost of a Town of Bath Web site.

At Monday night's council meeting, Mayor Susan Webster said Berkeley Springs High School sophomore Anthony Bellissimo will set up and maintain the site for about $400.

The site will include forms for building permits and business licenses, and meeting agendas, fee structures and cemetery information.

Webster said the site would also include historical information regarding the town and have links to other sites such as Travel Berkeley Springs.

Town might raise hotel/motel tax



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Mayor Susan Webster said she told the Morgan County-Berkeley Springs Chamber of Commerce members at a recent meeting the town is "considering" raising the hotel/motel tax beginning July 1. The town currently charges 3 percent and could raise it to 6 percent, the amount allowed by the state.

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Six percent is still below what surrounding areas charge, and the town might go "somewhere in between," she said.

The tax is a "bed tax on tourists," she said. Half goes to Travel Berkeley Springs and half goes to the Bath Town Council to give to certain groups.

"The hotel/motel tax is the only discretionary money we have," Webster said.

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