ARDSLEY, ELMSFORD, N CASTLE, N SALEM, RYE BROOK, TARRYTOWN JOIN GREENBURGH IN SUPPORTING HOTEL TAX
Release Date: February 02, 2010
Ardsley, Elmsford, North Castle, North Salem, Rye Brook ,Tarrytown JOIN GREENBURGH IN PUSHING FOR HOTEL TAX
HOTEL TAX CURRENTLY ALLOWED IN CITIES BUT NOT TOWNS/VILLAGES
COULD REDUCE PROPERTY TAXES
Last year the Greenburgh Town Board approved a resolution calling on the NYS Legislature to help towns and villages address our budget problems by imposing a hotel tax on guests. NYS currently allows cities to have up to a 3% hotel tax. Last year the NYS Legislature approved legislation authorizing New Rochelle, White Plains and Rye to raise revenue thru this tax.
It's unfair to allow cities in NYS to have a hotel tax but not to allow villages/towns. Since the Greenburgh Town Board approved the resolution other towns/villages in Westchester have approved similar resolutions calling for state authority to have a hotel tax. Ardsley, Elmsford, North Castle, Rye Brook, North Salem and Tarrytown have approved resolutions seeking this additional source for revenue. State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins has introduced legislation in the Senate to authorize this tax.
There are almost 2,000 hotel rooms in Greenburgh. If the State Legislature AUTHORIZES the towns/villages to have a hotel tax the town of Greenburgh would generate up to a few hundred thousand dollars a year in revenue, which would reduce the tax bill you receive.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor
THIS IS WHAT WAS SENT OUT BY THE GOVERNOR LAST YEAR...
Governor Approves Legislation Authorizing the Cities of New Rochelle, Rye, and White Plains to Raise Revenues through Hotel Occupancy Taxes
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) announced that legislation to authorize the cities of New Rochelle and White Plains to impose hotel room occupancy taxes was passed by the Senate and signed into law by Governor Paterson. The Governor also approved legislation extending the City of Rye’s authority to impose its own hotel occupancy tax.
S. 1886 (Oppenheimer), S. 1887 (Oppenheimer) and S. 1087 (Oppenheimer) permit the cities of New Rochelle, Rye and White Plains, respectively, to enact a daily room tax of up to three percent on hotels, motels, inns, clubs or similar places of public accommodation.
“Three years ago, I sponsored legislation allowing the city of Rye to impose a hotel occupancy tax,” said Senator Oppenheimer. “Rye became first the local government in Westchester County to gain this authority, which has become an important revenue-raising alternative to local property taxes.”
The City of New Rochelle estimates that it will raise between $200,000 and $250,000 in new revenue from the hotel room tax, while the City of Rye stands to collect over $170,000 by the extension of its taxing authority.
“In these difficult economic times, municipal governments all over the state have been faced with declining revenues, most notably reductions in sales tax revenues,” observed Senator Oppenheimer. “Local governments must be given greater flexibility to raise revenue other than by increasing already high property taxes. I am pleased that the Governor has enacted these tax bills into law, and I favor expanding this taxing authority to other cities and smaller municipalities that request it,” said the Senator.