Senate OKs Delaware Bed Tax,
Measure Moves On To Assembly
ALBANY – The state Senate has authorized Delaware County – inspired by its neighbor to the north – to impose a bed tax on motel and hotel rooms, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, has announced its passage in the Upper House.
The bill, requested by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, has moved to the state Assembly, where Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R-Sidney, has introduced legislation.
“Delaware County, like so many other rural counties, is struggling to generate income while diligently working to keep property taxes in check,” said Seward. “This legislation, requested by the county, will help boost their growing tourism trade and strengthen the local economy.”
The legislation allows a “bed tax” of up to 2 percent – Otsego’s is now 4 percent – on hotel and motel room rentals. The estimated return of between $200,000 to $250,000 will be dedicated to promoting and developing Delaware County’s tourism industry.
“This will help level the playing field for Delaware County as officials compete with neighboring counties to draw in travelers and families. The boost in revenue will come primarily from non-residents, and will free up local dollars for other purposes,” Seward concluded.