14 Aug Duprey helps strengthen economic development and tourism in Franklin County
Assemblywoman’s occupancy tax legislation becomes law
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey is pleased to announce that her legislation (A.6313) to strengthen Franklin County’s economic development was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo today. The legislation imposes a 5-percent motel and hotel tax for Franklin County that will generate essential revenue to help support and promote tourism within the county.
“I’m thrilled that Franklin County will finally be given critical resources to compete with the rest of New York State,” said Duprey. “The occupancy tax will not only bolster economic development and tourism throughout the entire county, it will also help generate much-needed revenue and enhance marketing services through the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST). I’m happy to support legislation that will give Franklin County the resources it needs and deserves to thrive economically and to provide tourists with a chance to see all that this beautiful county has to offer.”
The legislation has garnered support from the North Country business community and several municipalities, including Garry Douglas, President of the North County Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, and Franklin County Legislature.
“This is a major advance for the entire future economy of Franklin County,” said Douglas. “Following the model of Clinton and Essex Counties, the proceeds will be dedicated to tourism marketing and development, thereby sustaining and creating jobs, attracting new investment and benefiting every county resident through the generation of additional county sales taxes. Without this tool, Franklin County was being left at a competitive disadvantage, which is why the North Country Chamber and the REDC both identified passage of this legislation as a top priority this year. Our thanks to Governor Cuomo, Assemblywoman Duprey and Senator Little for getting it enacted, and to Franklin County, its Tourism Advisory Committee and our partner chambers in Malone, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake for all of their work toward this positive conclusion.”