Dick LaVigne said, “a vast majority of businesses will see a big benefit to this. And there will be an untold amount of sales tax generated as well.
“There is a whole lot to be done, and maybe the county could find a few extras bucks to hire a planner,” he said.
Paul Hogan, a member of the County Industrial Development Agency which shares a Board of Directors with the County Tourism Office, was upset that the county seems to be ignoring a 30-year track record of tourism successes by diverting tourism tax dollars away from its programs.
Hogan said Franklin County recently handed a firm based in Essex County $25,000 in tourism money, “and we will get nothing for it.”
But the IDA set aside $50,000 in its 2013 budget to use for marketing.
“Leave tourism where it is, and put tourism people on the committee,” Hogan said.
He said that even if the county sent a proposal to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to add a bed tax, the governor won’t approve it because he’s announced he will not sanction any new taxes for the rest of his administration.
Legislature Chairman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) said the committee that explored a bed tax and came up with the proposed local law will meet again shortly to revise the proposal using the comments they received from the hearings.
Then a fresh proposed local law will be discussed at another series of meetings throughout the county before a final version is acted upon.
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