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Hancock County, Mountaineer Settle Dispute Over Hotel Tax

Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort

  Hancock County and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort have settled a lawsuit over hotel occupancy tax collections.

The Weirton Daily Times reports that Mountaineer must pay the county at least $225,000 annually in hotel occupancy taxes for the next five years.

The 2012 lawsuit filed by the Hancock County sheriff sought to force Mountaineer to collect the state’s 6 percent hotel occupancy tax on complimentary rooms. Mountaineer had argued that it doesn’t have to collect the tax on complimentary rooms.

Mountaineer general counsel Anthony Carano says the resort is pleased to reach the settlement with the sheriff.