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Judge: Casino Must Collect Tax on Free Rooms

Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort

A judge says Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort has to collect the state hotel occupancy tax on complimentary rooms.

Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed against the resort by Hancock County in 2012.

The lawsuit sought to force Mountaineer to collect the 6 percent tax on rooms it gives gamblers for free. The lawsuit said the county has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue.

Mountaineer said it doesn’t have to collect tax on complimentary rooms.

The Weirton Daily Times reports that Wilson granted the county’s request for summary judgment in the case on Monday. The county and Mountaineer will decide how much tax should be collected, along with damages owed.