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Hearing Scheduled on Proposed Amendment to County Room Tax Law

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Hearing Scheduled on Proposed Amendment to County Room Tax Law

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Legislature, by a vote of 13-1 (Legislator Carol Chock dissenting) scheduled a public hearing for January 19, 2016, 5:30 p.m. regarding a proposed Local Law that would amend the definition of “Hotel” in the Tompkins County Hotel Room Occupancy Law section of the County Code, updating the law to respond to changes in the local lodging market since the current room tax law was first adopted in 1989.

There was considerable discussion on whether to modify the wording of the draft law itself, to change proposed wording that payment of room tax would be required for the lodging of paying guests for any night; Legislator Chock proposed that it be changed to apply for lodging for more than three nights a year, a proposal that failed to win support by a 3-9 margin, Legislators Chock, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, and Dave McKenna voting in favor.