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Hulse: I Support Tourism Impact Aid

Hulse:  I Support Tourism Impact Aid

Rick Hulse
Rick Hulse

COOPERSTOWN – County Rep. Rick Hulse, R-Otsego, a few minutes ago issued a statement saying Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz is “incorrect in his assertion that I do not support Tourism Impact Aid.”

“In fact, I fully support a better distribution of bed tax money to benefit our County and specifically the Town of Otsego and Village of Cooperstown,” he said in a statement.  The statement continues:

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.)

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