Franklin County may pursue bed tax

Jan 19, 2011 Full story: Press-Republican 13

Disqus Franklin County may pursue bed tax DENISE A. RAYMO Wed Jan 19, 2011, 05:12 PM EST PAUL SMITHS - Franklin County is being urged to pursue a 3-to-4-percent occupancy tax on guest accommodations and earmark the funds to promote tourism.

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Pelican

Valrico, FL

#1 Jan 20, 2011
Many of the folks that live in Franklin County may think that taxing hotel/motel beds will only be an extra cost to visitors and not to them. This is a false conception. Wait and see... after the tax is approved,(and with New York's current cash hungry governments in place you can trust that this legislation will happen forthwith), your County, Town, Village and School taxes are not going to decrease... they will continue to rise as they have every year in the past.
Plus, when the travelers learn that they don't get a break in Franklin County anymore they have less reason to stop overnight preferring to stay at a location that offers more diverse dining opportunites, cultural choices (movie theater, gambling, Olympic area, etc). When they decrease their overnight stays, tourism revenue decreases... sales tax revenue is reduced and guess who will have to make up the differece?
Plus, if tourism slows down, unemployment is sure to follow.
Yes, my friends, be careful of the wonderful new tax proposals offered by your buddies in the County Legislature and the NY State Legislature.
If Franklin County is the only county government in the North Country that has not enacted a bed tax then something must have distracted them or it was just neglect.
SWEEPER

Rensselaer, NY

#2 Jan 21, 2011
The is a terrible idea,,, lets increase the amount of cost to a person coming to this county to stay at a motel.. Then use that money to promote more people to come so they can pay more money to stay here.. Why not reduce costs at motels , restaurants ,golf course and ski slopes here, then have big publicity campaign to announce to everyone outside that FRANKLIN COUNTY , has the lowest Motel, restaurant and other entertainment cost in the state,,,that would bring people here,, not making them pay more to stay here and claim its a way to promote more tourism.. who thinks up this stuff,,?\
Pelican

Valrico, FL

#3 Jan 21, 2011
Good thinking Sweeper! Tourists always love a bargain and Franklin County has excellent seasonal bargains to offer: excellent hunting, ski lifts, snow mobile trails, hiking, camping, fishing, etc. But its primary resource is its location in the Northern Adirondacks. Using a hotel or motel in F.C. as their base, tourists are only a short drive from the Thousand Islands, Seaway, Akwesasne Casino, Montreal, Lake Champlain, the Tri-Lakes and Olympic Area and the majestic Adirondack Mtns.
Intelligently advertise an inexpensive package in the tourism marketplaces and they'll come running.

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#4 Jan 21, 2011
http://www.adirondacklakes.com/

Do you travel anywhere? When people are vacationing, they don't sweat the small stuff like a bed tax. Advertising cost money and an effective ad campaign has been shown to bring tourists to the area. A bed tax will benefit many businesses which cannot afford to effectively advertise out of the area. The Malone Golf Course did some advertising in Toronto a few years back and now there is a regular contingent that returns every year. They didn't have to reduce their rates to do so but came up with a cooperative package with motels in the area.
Maria

Boonville, NY

#5 Jan 21, 2011
One way that the legislators could easily raise money is to cut all welfare cash assistance by 10%. Why do they have to be issued cash assistance and cell phones for? They should have to sacrifice something in these hard economic times just like everyone else.
Anonymous

Albany, NY

#6 Jan 21, 2011
We as people pay enough for tax. more taxes, shouldn't be but then again thanks new york
touring

Latham, NY

#7 Jan 22, 2011
travel the world not just the USA everyone has it, that money is used to advertise the area, promote, & to bring large groups to area. It didn't hurt P'burg it actual increased tourism. Also another 2.99 to a motel bill will not keep people away, I have been to places that it was 5-7% tax added on to state & local taxes making it 14-15% tax rate it is what it is, with all the add on's at airports has it stopped air traffic no it has actual increased. So where is your logic people won't come, because of a 2.99 tax, let them go somewhere else, everyone around is more exspensive & oh wait everyone around us has the bed tax guess they will have to go to Hamilton county the only other place in NY that does not have a bed tax all the REST OF THE STATE HAS IT.
SWEEPER

Albany, NY

#8 Jan 24, 2011
Sorry folks, but taxes and increased costs never has the outcome it proponents tell us it will. Your comments that a %2.99 tax will not stop people is just wishful thinking, and the argument that the rest of the state has it is a joke, People in NEW YORK, are leaving to go to other states where all taxes are lower..wake up,, tax increases do not help create business and tourism, they hurt it in the long run.

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#9 Jan 24, 2011
SWEEPER wrote:
Sorry folks, but taxes and increased costs never has the outcome it proponents tell us it will. Your comments that a %2.99 tax will not stop people is just wishful thinking, and the argument that the rest of the state has it is a joke, People in NEW YORK, are leaving to go to other states where all taxes are lower..wake up,, tax increases do not help create business and tourism, they hurt it in the long run.
Do you understand what a bed tax is and how it can be used? Have you spent any time in the Lake George region? Read the story from the Post Star link for one factual(not opinion)example.

http://poststar.com/news/local/54176c8c-07d0-...
SWEEPER

Albany, NY

#10 Jan 25, 2011
PrettyPolly45 , seems to feel that an increased tax is good,, she cites an article in Lake George as evidence of this,, I read the article and have mixed ideas,,, Here is a quote from that article, William Kenny, the Glens Falls 5th Ward Supervisor who is chairman of the Occupancy Tax Coordination Committee, said the committee had a lot of tough decisions to make in light of a rising number of applications and diminished occupancy tax revenue.
The article goes back and forth about how the tax is used to promote new business, yet they state that many business are receiving less and less money due to reduced intake of the bed tax..This is exactly what I am talking about,,often times a new tax will result in less money to use not more.. Hey, here are some slogans for you.. COME TO FRANKLIN COUNTY WE HAVE INCREASED OUR RATES BY ONLY %2.99 PERCENT,,,OR COME TO FRANKLIN COUNTY WE HAVE THE LOWEST MOTEL RATES, SKI RATES, RESTAURANTS MEAL COST AND GOLF FEES IN THE STATE..Which of these slogans will catch the eye of prospective visitors to our county??
get it right

Nassau, NY

#11 Jun 12, 2011
SWEEPER wrote:
PrettyPolly45 , seems to feel that an increased tax is good,, she cites an article in Lake George as evidence of this,, I read the article and have mixed ideas,,, Here is a quote from that article, William Kenny, the Glens Falls 5th Ward Supervisor who is pchairman of the Occupancy Tax Coordination Committee, said the committee had a lot of tough decisions to make in light of a rising number of applications and diminished occupancy tax revenue.
The article goes back and forth about how the tax is used to promote new business, yet they state that many business are receiving less and less money due to reduced intake of the bed tax..This is exactly what I am talking about,,often times a new tax will result in less money to use not more.. Hey, here are some slogans for you.. COME TO FRANKLIN COUNTY WE HAVE INCREASED OUR RATES BY ONLY %2.99 PERCENT,,,OR COME TO FRANKLIN COUNTY WE HAVE THE LOWEST MOTEL RATES, SKI RATES, RESTAURANTS MEAL COST AND GOLF FEES IN THE STATE..Which of these slogans will catch the eye of prospective visitors to our county??
Amen to that sweeper:)
former new yorker

Waynesville, NC

#12 Jun 12, 2011
We currently have a hotel/motel tax and we pay NO school taxes. We just pay property taxes, and a tax on our vehicle. The tax on the vehicle is according to how much it is worth, so the tax is usually not much at all, but this money goes for the up keep of roads. I don't think anyone who travels and checks into a room is going to say what the heck?! whey are you getting a few bucks more from me this year? It could generate millions for the county, and I am sure that the county could use it. What county isn't in a budget crunch right now?
dog

Latham, NY

#13 Jun 14, 2011
get it right wrote:
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Amen to that sweeper:)
who is going to pay for the ads?, that's why we need the tax, it is going to promote tourism, it will pay for its self. of course the tax dollars are down in Lake George, so is it in the rest of the country, weak point.

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