Court sides with Lancaster County hotels over tax details

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 15, 2014 5:05 AM

Photo by Randolph Carney

(Lancaster) -- A state court is handing a midstate newspaper company a defeat as it tries to determine how much hotel tax is paid by individual facilities.

The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports Commonwealth Court says disclosure of the information could let competitors use the details to the detriment of the hotel operators.

A lawyer for Lancaster Newspapers says it hasn't decided whether to pursue an appeal.

The five percent hotel tax, passed by the county commissioners 15 years ago, is linked to room rentals.

Reporter Gil Smart sought the records to determine if the tax revenues match occupancy rates reported by the hotels.

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