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Auburn considers hotel tax; local concerns over impact on tourism swirl

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Following the governor’s approval of hotel tax bills for Weedsport and Skaneateles, Auburn city officials are contemplating the implementation of a similar tax.

The Auburn Citizen reports that during a recent City Council meeting, City Manager Jeff Dygert inquired about the council’s stance on the matter.


Officials highlighted the increasing demands on local resources due to higher fire and police call volumes from hotels.

They cited the county’s lack of adequate shelter facilities as a factor. While Cayuga County’s 5% occupancy tax primarily funds tourism efforts, new local hotel taxes, such as Weedsport’s proposed 7% rate, intend to cover escalating public service costs at local accommodations.


However, the potential new tax has ignited concerns, like the impact it could have on tourism.

Any formal move towards an Auburn hotel tax would have to wait until the state Legislature reconvenes in January 2024.