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Ontario supervisors look at changing room tax to include small rentals

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors is trying again to amend its room tax.

They have tried several times before, none of which were successful. The County plans to make a fourth attempt this coming week.

There are two amendments that will be up for debate among the supervisors, though they have not historically been the negating factor in the process.

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Changing the tax requires the estate to respond to those requests after they are made via resolution by the supervisors. Typically, the county’s legislator in Albany will propose it- and move it.

The first amendment will remove the exemption that prevents facilities that have three or fewer rooms from paying the tax. The second adjusts the allocation, so that it can be used for things beyond tourism promotion.

This includes programs to improve public infrastructure, to develop, operate and maintain public parks and recreational facilities, to enhance the county’s water resources, and for general environmental conservation programs.



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