Katz: Hulse First Cooperstown Rep Not To Support Tourism-Impact Aid

Katz: Hulse First Cooperstown Rep

Not To Support Tourism-Impact Aid

Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz asks the county Board of Representatives this evening for tourism-impact for his village, the city and town of Oneonta, and the Town of Hartwick.  Listening, from left, are county board chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, Clerk of the Board Carol McGovern,  and county Reps. Don Lindberg, R-Worcester, Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, Janet Hurley Quackenbush, R-Town of Oneonta, Gary Koutnik, D-Oneonta, Ed Lentz, D-New Lisbon,  and Linda Rowinski and Kay Stuligross, both Oneonta Democrats.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz asks the county Board of Representatives this evening for tourism-impact aid for his village, the city and town of Oneonta, and the Town of Hartwick. Listening, from left, are county board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, Clerk of the Board Carol McGovern, the clerk’s assistant, Jenna Utter, and county Reps. Don Lindberg, R-Worcester, Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, Janet Hurley Quackenbush, R-Town of Oneonta, Gary Koutnik and Linda Rowinski, both Oneonta Democrats, Ed Lentz, D-New Lisbon, and Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

But Town Of Otsego Rep Says He Supports Creating Fund In ’15 For ’16

County Rep. Rick Hulse, R-Otsego, called Mayor Katz's plea "last minute," and said he supports setting up a tourism-impact fund in 2015 for 2016.
County Rep. Rick Hulse, R-Otsego, called Mayor Katz’s plea “last minute,” and said he supports setting up a tourism-impact fund in 2015 for 2016.

COOPERSTOWN – Rick Hulse is the only county representative, Republican or Democratic,  from District 8 – it includes Cooperstown – not to vote to redistribute bed-tax revenues to help pay for Cooperstown’s tourism-related costs, Mayor Jeff Katz said this evening.

Hulse, a freshman representative from Fly Creek elected last November, called the mayor’s request “last-minute,” and proposed an alternative approach.

Katz was remarking after he appeared at the public hearing on the county’s 2015 budget, held at 6 this evening in Courtroom #1, where he asked the county to help communities – Cooperstown, but also the city and town of Oneonta, and the Town of Hartwick – to help cover the costs of serving tourists.   (Hartwick Town Supervisor David Butler also spoke in favor of an extra allocation.)

The mayor said five county reps – Democrats Ed Lentz, New Lisbon; Beth Rosenthal, Roseboom, and Gary Koutnik, Linda Rowinski and Kay Stuligross, all of Oneonta – favor a special allocation, but Hulse did not join them.

The county, Katz pointed out, is giving $170,000 back to taxpayers this year, a sum that amounts to little on individual tax bills.  “He money’s there,” he said.

For his part, Hulse, a freshman rep elected last November, said he would support the county setting up a special fund in 2015 to be allocated for 2016.  Towns seeking tourism-impact aid could make proposals for specific projects to be undertaken the following year.

He also pointed out that only $440,000 of the $1.4 million generated by the bed tax goes to tourism promotion (it is the allocation to the privatize Destination Marketing organization), and expressed agreement that more of the tourism-generated revenues should be used to support tourism, an apparent agreement with the mayor.

In response to Hulse’s “last-minute” characterization, Katz said:  “He and I have met multiple times on bed tax and other matters since he got into office and he, Beth Rosenthal and myself had a conference call specifically on bed tax redistribution on Aug. 26.”

Preceding Hulse in the District 8 post were Democrat John Kosmer, Republican Jim Johnson and Democratic Nancy Iversen.