March 22, 2013

Tourism-committee nominations sought

MALONE — People interested in serving on a committee to prioritize tourism projects in Franklin County are being urged to contact their legislator before April 4.

During a recent review of a draft occupancy-tax law, which would charge a fee of up to 5 percent on overnight guests, legislators agreed to increase the number of people on its Tourism Advisory Committee from seven to nine.

Legislators will also create a list of tourism-related business owners who would be invested in the process and willing to serve on the Tourism Advisory Committee.


Those interested are asked to contact their legislators within the next week and include background information about their business and why they should be chosen.

Their qualifications would be discussed by the legislators before an April 4 meeting, when they will discuss who will serve the staggered terms.

At least two of the nine must be from the south end of the county and specifically include one person from Tupper Lake and one from Saranac Lake.

In related action, legislators decided Thursday to hold a second series of public hearings on its proposed bed-tax law.

The first is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Harrietstown Town Hall board room, followed at 7 p.m. at the Tupper Lake Village Offices.

The final public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, during the County Legislature’s regular meeting in the fourth-floor Legislative Chambers of the County Courthouse in Malone.

All meetings are open to the public. 


In addition to changing the TAC membership size from seven to nine, minor tweaking of the proposal was done following the first round of public hearings and posted on the county’s website at

The committee, which will advise Tourism Promotion Agent Fawn Tatoo, will determine what tourism activities would be funded with the estimated $350,000 to $400,000 expected to be generated by an occupancy tax. 

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