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Seneca County targets room tax non-compliance

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors recently extended its hotel-motel room occupancy tax for another three years.

The 3 percent tax applies to short term vacation rentals and similar operations that may not be aware of or otherwise do not comply with the tax collection and filing requirements, costing the county an estimated $100,000 a year in tax revenue, used to promote tourism.

The board’s Ways & Means Committee will try to start a process to remedy that situation Tuesday night.

The committee will consider a motion authorizing the county treasurer to enter into a contract with Host Compliance of San Francisco at a cost of $25,000 to identify the short-term vacation rentals and assist in increasing compliance with the law.

“The Board of Supervisors is concerned that this non-compliance not only deprives the tourism and economic programs of the county, but is also unfair to the members of the hospitality industry that are in compliance with the tax,” the resolution states.

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