Legislators responded, saying the 2013 budget is still a tentative spending plan and that no firm decisions have been made on how tourism dollars will be spent.
Complicating the issue is the County Legislature’s formation of a committee to study occupancy tax, which advocates creation of a 5 percent fee on overnight lodging.
The fund generated would be used only toward tourism promotion.
The State Legislature must authorize collection of such a fee, which some doubt would be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo if the proposal were to make it through both the State Senate and Assembly.
But the county is pursuing the idea anyway with hopes of having a local law written and adopted before the end of the year. With that timetable, Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) could offer up the proposal to their respective colleagues in the January legislative session.
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This is the first story in a three-part series on Franklin County's efforts to bring in more tourism dollars. In Sunday's Press-Republican, read about the latest news on a possible occupancy tax.