PRINCETON, W.Va. — The Mercer County Commission and Sheriff’s Department are trying to get a hotel to pay overdue taxes that date back nearly six months.

Mercer County Commission Administrator Vicky Reed told MetroNews affiliate WJLS the Microtel Inn & Suites along Ambrose Lane in Princeton collects taxes from customers but has not submitted them since June.

Hotel and motel taxes for each month are due on the 15th of the following month. This means the business’s last payment was for May of 2017.

“All of the other hotels and motels pay theirs on time. However, these people are continually late and we have to threaten with warrants and things like that.”

The Commission approved a motion at their December 26 meeting to allow a warrant to be issued by the Sheriff’s Department warning the hotel they will be shut down if the taxes are not paid. As of Thursday, the warrant has yet to be executed.

Reed explained since hotel/motel taxes are collected from 6 percent of the business’s income, it is difficult to tell exactly how much they owe.

The Princeton Microtel’s last payment in June was for $83.77, according to the Commission.

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