The funds collected would be dedicated to tourism initiatives that the committee would recommend to the County Legislature for final approval.
A local law was adopted by the county and will be sent to the State Legislature for approval and then to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said in the past he will approve no new taxes.
But legislators are hopeful he will be convinced to allow the issue to be a home-rule decision so the county would not need the state’s blessing to begin charging the fee.
The bed tax would apply to vacation-rental properties, bed-and-breakfasts, cottages, condominiums, hotels and motels and be tracked and enforced by the County Treasurer’s Office.
Legislators expect the fee, if OK’d, would take in between $350,000 and $400,000 a year.
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