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June 15, 2014

3 percent bed tax renewed in Essex County

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ELIZABETHTOWN —

‘A LITTLE SEED MONEY’

The top five towns after North Elba bringing in bed-tax revenue last year were: Ticonderoga, $55,593; Wilmington, $54,755; Keene, $47,612; Schroon, $11,346; and North Hudson, $10,219.

McKenna said ROOST is currently working with 15 of the 18 towns in the county on promotion.

“We are not working directly with Newcomb, North Hudson or Minerva at this point because we are seeing how that five-town Upper Hub region works.”

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub was created to promote towns that are part of the newly acquired Finch Pruyn state-land purchase of 69,000 acres.

Scozzafava said ROOST does a great job, but it’s not a question of doing a great job or not.

“The job that they do it is an overwhelming job, it really is. 

“What we are asking for is just a little bit of seed money out of that bed tax to promote some of the events that we have that are community-related.”

Following the public hearing, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to continue the lodging tax.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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