Pocahontas Commission allocates funds, makes appointments

Marlinton, W.Va. –

During its meeting Tuesday evening, the Pocahontas County Commission allocated hotel/motel tax proceeds for the coming year. The commission obtains approximately $1.1 million from the tax each year.

Following presentations from groups requesting funds, the commission allocated the hotel/motel tax money as follows:
50 percent of all tax proceeds to the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

$75, 000 to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
$75,000 to the Emergency Medical Services Authority.
$50,000 to the County Fire Association.
$15,000 to parks and Recreation.
$5,000 to the Courthouse Maintenance Fund
$5,000 to the Artisans Co-op.
$5,000 to Preserving Pocahontas.

After those funds are distributed, the remainder will be distributed as follows:

32 percent to Parks and Recreation;
22 percent to Dramas Fairs and Festivals;
17 percent to the Free Libraries Board;
Six percent to the Arts Council and;
Six percent to the Historic Landmarks Commission.

That distribution leaves 17 percent, roughly $130,000, for future expenditures.

The commission agreed on a number of board assignments for the coming year.

Commission president Dolan Irvine will sit on the EMS, 911 Advisory, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Greenbrier Economic Development Authority and Senior Citizens boards.

Commissioner David Fleming will sit on the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, Region Four Planning and Development, region 1 Workforce and Water task Force boards.
Commissoner Jamie walker will sit on the Health, Extension Service, Community Corrections and Farmland Protection boards.

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