It would also decide how county-budget money allotted to tourism would be spent until the anticipated bed-tax revenue reaches a certain threshold.
The idea is to eventually have that source pay for all tourism-related activities in the county instead of property taxes.
The draft law calls for two representatives from accommodations, two at-large members from any field and one each from an attraction, recreation, retail/restaurant, camping and a tourist home, such as an inn, cottage, condominium, vacation-rental property or bed and breakfast establishment.
READY TO START
There was also discussion of having the at-large seats filled by persons with marketing and promotion experience and possibly someone with a local-history background.
The committee established by the County Legislature to study bed tax and draft the law favored creation of the Tourism Advisory Committee to learn about existing tourism programs, services and initiatives so that if and when the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo approve creation of the tax, members will be ready to start their work.
But even if the bed-tax measure fails, legislators believe having the committee in place makes sense to get the most out of existing tourism efforts.
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