Stourbridge Line rail excursions, local fair organizations and group promoting downtown tourism will again benefit from the Room Rental Excise Tax. Funds from this tax revenue are dispersed annually at the direction of the Wayne County Commissioners.


Stourbridge Line rail excursions, local fair organizations and group promoting downtown tourism will again benefit from the Room Rental Excise Tax. Funds from this tax revenue are dispersed annually at the direction of the Wayne County Commissioners.
The three percent tax was enacted in the summer of 2005. As  explained on the county web site, the ordinance was adopted to assist the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau, the County's designated Tourist Promotion Agency, in their promotion of the entire four County region they represent, Pike, Monroe, Wayne and Carbon. A portion of this tax revenue will also be spent directly on Wayne County tourism promotion and tourist destination improvement. To date, all except Carbon County have enacted the tax. The funds are deposited in a special account and can only be expended on tourism, convention promotion and tourism development.
The Wayne County Commissioners divided the $50,000 allocation as follows: Wayne County Chamber of Commerce for the Stourbridge Line, $25,000; Wayne County Fair, $7,500; GDS Fair, $7,500; Greater Honesdale Partnership, $5,000 and Hawley Lake Wallenpaupack Chamber of Commerce for downtown Hawley activities, $5,000.
The majority of the revenue is forwarded to the PMVB for tourism promotion. Two allocations are distributed. In February, the Commissioners approved grants to local tourist-based groups from $42,600 directed back to Wayne County from the PMVB. There were 12 organizations selected from applications made to the five member Tourism Promotion Committee.
In the latest allocation, a portion of the revenue that goes back to the PMVB is distributed by the PMVB at the direction of the Wayne County Commissioners. The same groups have benefited each year since 2006, the first full year of the tax. The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce has been allocated funds for the train excursions since 2005.
• At their last meeting, Commissioners received word that the Conservation Partnership, an alliance of government, non-government, non-profit and grass roots organizations, is seeking to expand its educational outreach into Wayne County. The Partnership originated in Pike County. Peter Wulfhorst, Susan Currier and Laurie Stuart represented the partnership. They have run numerous programs with the Wayne Conservation District and Wayne County Planning Department. The Partnership capitalizes on shared goals for natural resource conservation, sustainable communities and citizen involvement in community planning, to pool resources for educational programming.
• A bid of $28,900 from L.H. Reed & Sons was approved, to upgrade the heating and air conditioning system on the lower level of the Courthouse Annex. This is the last project using FEMA and PEMA money related to flood damage that was incurred in the Annex in 2006.
• Zachary Jennings was hired as a summer law clerk in the office of Judge Raymond Hamill. Jaymes Fairfax-Columbo was hired as a summer intern in the District Attorney’s Office. The Commissioners accepted the resignation of Jacob Thompson, as Corrections Officer effective May 4.