Information Hearing Underway On 2% County Bed-Tax Increase

Information Hearing Underway

On 2% County Bed-Tax Increase

County Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, addresses a public information meeting on a proposed 2 percent hike in the county’s 4 percent bed tax underway at this hour in Hartwick Town Hall.  With her at the head table are, from left, county Reps. Rick Brockway, R-Laurens; Michele Farwell, R-Morris; chairman Dave Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Middlefield, and Keith McCarty, R-East Springfield.  The county board is considering petitioning the state Legislature for permission to increase the bed tax from 4 to 6 percent; each percent is expected to generate a half-million dollars in new revenues.  Kennedy organized the meeting after constituents raised concerns to her, particularly about the timing, since – with Derek Jeter expected to bring a large crowd to Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, many fans have already made reservations, which would have to be re-computed if the tax was put in place before the fall.  (James Cumming/

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