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City Holds Hotel/Motel Tax Proceeds Budget to $45K

October 6th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Even though there were more than $90,000 in requests for hotel/motel tax proceeds, Cumberland city officials declined to increase the earlier agreed upon budget amount of $45,000. The annual distribution of funding was a topic of discussion Tuesday during a City Council work session at City Hall. Each year, a portion of the hotel/motel accommodation tax collected by Allegany County is distributed to the city, and officials subsequently make a portion available to organizations located within city limits that help attract visitors to the area. While the city has a reserve fund that could be tapped for additional dollars,  Mayor Ray Morriss said it would be a bad look for the city to hike some budget items while at the same time asking department heads to hold the line on spending…