BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Unpaid hotel/motel taxes of about $25,000 from the Country Inn dating to July 2009 are due to the Town of Bath, but the inn does not have the money to pay them.
At Tuesday's Bath Town Council meeting, Mark A. Garfinkel, the inn's attorney, had a written proposal for the council to review that asked the town to accept $500 monthly payments toward the debt.
The proposal requested that beginning in June, "the Country Inn will begin making additional and separate payments of at least $500 per month," and will be credited toward the past-due taxes.
Police Chief Craig A. Pearrell, who was put in charge last year by the council since nonpayment of the occupancy tax is against the law, said at only $500 a month, it would take too long to recoup all the tax dollars because after three years, "we would lose our right to seek back-paid taxes" if the inn owners are criminally charged by the town.
About $12,000 of the $25,000 due in hotel/motel taxes is for the period between July and December 2009, and must be paid before December 2012, Pearrell said.