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January 17, 2013

Bed-tax hearing set for today

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The proposed law states when bed-tax collection reaches a threshold of $350,000 a year, the county’s contribution toward its Tourism Office would taper off dollar-for-dollar until the income reaches $526,000 a year.

After that, taxpayer dollars would no longer be used to fund tourism in the annual Franklin County budget.

How the money is spent would be determined by a Tourism Advisory Committee that would develop a plan and present it to the legislators for approval.

Three members would serve three-year terms, three would serve two years, and one person would be there for one year.

Two members must be from the Saranac Lake-Tupper Lake area, according to the proposed law.

The plans approved by legislators would be carried out by the tourism-promotion agent, who is a non-voting member of the committee.

The county’s part-time tourism person, Fawn Tatro, would be expected to take on the additional tourism-promotion duties on top of her existing responsibilities with the Industrial Development Agency and the District Attorney’s Office.

Email Denise A. Raymo:

draymo@pressrepublican.com

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