In an effort to enact an amusement tax within the coming 12 months, Juniata Township Supervisors mentioned among the legwork they’ve carried out to organize throughout their month-to-month assembly Tuesday evening.
Supervisor Greg Stein, who serves as board chairman, stated he has created a questionnaire to gather info from campgrounds within the township.
“We’re utilizing satellite tv for pc imagery to entry the campgrounds. As finest as I can inform, there are 25 campgrounds in Juniata Township. They include wherever between one to 150 camps,” stated Stein, noting he’s been working in coordination with the county tax evaluation workplace.
Within the survey, the supervisors are gathering info on campsite charges.
“Charges per evening, charges per week, I’d prefer to know that type of info,” stated Stein. “Loads of this info you will get on-line, however sadly most camps don’t have web sites. They’re typically heard about by way of indicators or phrase of mouth.”
The survey additionally consists of different questions.
“I’d prefer to know if every campground has its personal sewage pumping station. I’m concerned about figuring out which campgrounds provide you with entry to renting RVs, trailers and boats. I additionally need to know the way lengthy the season lasts at every web site,” he stated.
Stein plans to ship the info he collects to the campgrounds to realize suggestions to regulate charges for the amusement tax.
“We’ve had this dialogue earlier than. I ran some numbers and I’m hoping subsequent summer season, important cash from the amusement tax ordinance will are available,” stated Stein.
The township’s current amusement tax ordinance was enacted in September 2019. The amusement tax is anticipated to enter impact in 2023.
“In September the questionnaire might be despatched out. We are going to use the chance to permit campgrounds to get forward of the ordinance and modify charges accordingly,” stated Stein. “We’d like time to ensure they’re all arrange and ready. Reservations begin as early as Jan. 1, so I would like the entire campgrounds to know that it’s coming.”
The amusement tax ordinance dialogue began after a resort was proposed on the sting of the township. After that plan was halted, ordinance conversations had been placed on maintain.
“There are nonetheless of us flying below the radar that we must be in touch with to allow them to modify rental costs. The aim of the amusement tax ordinance is to keep away from taxing residents,” stated Stein.
Additionally Tuesday evening, Stein stated the township must be receiving federal restoration funds to cowl harm attributable to the remnants of Hurricane Ida in 2021.
“We initially thought the help we might obtain can be near $45,000 however it’s sadly going to be decrease. We don’t at present have a precise quantity however we should always discover out quickly,” he stated, noting that is first time the township has utilized for any federal funding.
Throughout public remark, resident Carl Grove requested a query relating to assembly minutes. He stated it was said throughout a gathering that the proposed Ridgeview Campground wouldn’t have everlasting websites. He stated it was a gathering the place there have been 25-30 individuals current, however he’s not been capable of positioned that assertion in minutes relationship again to September 2021.