County considers legal action against Super 8

Chris Dunham, PDT Sports Writer

December 20, 2012

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Scioto County is considering legal action against Super 8 Motel in Clay Township over non-payment of the mandatory bed tax.

The Super 8 Motel has not paid the tax over the last 18 months and over the last four years, payment has been sporadic according to information provided by the Scioto County Commissioners.

“We have an issue on the bed tax in Clay Township at the Super 8 Motel. The bed tax is paid to the township with the (Portsmouth-Scioto County) Visitors Bureau and non-profits share the money that comes from it,” said Tom Reiser, Scioto County Commissioner. “Super 8 is about 18 months behind on payments. I was going to ask Danielle Parker (Assistant Scioto County Prosecuting Attorney) to see what legal action could be taken.”

He said the normal amount they paid was between $400 and $500 a month.

“They are obviously collecting the tax but it’s not being paid to the township. If they are collecting that tax, they should be paying that to the township,” Reiser said.

According to information provided by Reiser, the motel has not payed the bed tax since July of 2011.

According to the Ohio Department of Taxation, the lodging tax, “is paid by the operators of hotel, motels, rooming houses and other facilities providing lodging accommodations for transient guests. In 2006, the most recent year for which data is available, 61 counties, 130 townships and 174 municipalities have levied a lodging tax. Excluding the 11 counties with special lodging taxes, rates ranged from one percent to six percent.”

Rick Vournazos, Fiscal Officer for Clay Township could not be reached for comment nor could the management of the Super 8 Motel.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.