WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Part of a tax on hotel and motel revenues in Washington County will be distributed to Hagerstown and the county's eight towns based on the population of those municipalities.
The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a distribution formula for the tax, resolving a long-standing complaint from some municipal officials who have said the county should give out more of the money.
Under the formula approved Tuesday, half of the tax revenue still will go to the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The other half will be divided among the county's nine municipalities, with the most-populated towns getting more of the revenue.
The county commissioners chose from four distribution options Tuesday.
One, which would have distributed the tax based on where it was collected, received little consideration because the county's four towns without hotels - Funkstown, Smithsburg, Keedysville and Clear Spring - would receive no money.