Raise Bed Tax 2 Percent To Aid
Municipalities, 3 Leaders Say
Saying municipal finances are structurally flawed, the top political leaders of Cooperstown and Oneonta have issued a statement calling for a 2 percent bed-tax increase to benefit the communities that generate bed-tax revenues.
Cooperstown Village Mayor Jeff Katz, Oneonta City Mayor Dick Miller and Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood provided the statement to Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, which published it in full in the editions that arrive on newsstands this afternoon.
“An increase in the Bed Tax from 4 to 6 percent, with all the additional 2 percent directed to the local municipalities that generate the revenue, would not diminish the County’s ability to properly fund the outreach component of tourism, while providing local municipalities with additional resources to help ensure positive experiences for visitors while they are here,” the three write.