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WV House of Delegates approves measure concerning the Boy Scout Summit

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A measure is moving through the West Virginia Legislature that involves the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve in Fayette County.  The House of Delegates has approved the measure which would allow the facility to be used by other organizations, without causing the Boy Scouts to lose their property tax exemption.

The measure must still pass in the West Virginia Senate and then be approved by voters during the General Election in November.  If it passes, the facility may be rented for public events and other uses that the legislature determines are allowable.

Summit Director Dan McCarthy released the following statement concerning the passage in the WV House of Delegates:

"The Boy Scouts of America would like to thank the West Virginia House of Delegates for passing a resolution that will give the voters of West Virginia the opportunity to decide whether the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve should be open to other organizations for use without causing the BSA to incur any financial penalties. The invaluable support of the House leadership has enabled the next step in allowing the BSA to fulfill its promise to make the facility available for community events without jeopardizing the BSA's property tax exemption.

"If the resolution is passed by the Senate and approved by voters in the November general election, the legislature will then determine the allowable uses with whatever limitations they deem appropriate. Speaker Miley's efforts were instrumental in the House's overwhelming support of the bill as demonstrated in its 94-2 passage. Allowing The Summit to be leased for activities authorized by the legislature will be good for the local economy and the state as a whole because these public events will bring substantial numbers of tourists and visitors to the area.

"The BSA is grateful for its continued partnership with the state of West Virginia and the state's support of The Summit, a world-class facility that will allow generations of Scouts and others the opportunity to experience this state's wonderful wilderness."