Living History Museum On Tax Rolls
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania county wants a nonprofit living history museum to pay taxes, hitting the tourist destination just as the economy takes a toll.
Last year, about 25,000 visitors toured Old Bedford Village in Bedford County, about 110 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Museum executive director Roger Kirwin estimates visitors spend about $2 million annually in the county. He says if he has to pay the $18,000 in local taxes he will not be able to balance the budget. He fears the recession will also keep people away.
Bedford's chief assessor Melissa Stultz says the museum is in an area that was exempt from some taxes for 10 years and that time has expired.