Franklin County may consider occupancy tax

Maroun notes that the state legislature would also have to approve the measure and with Albany's current aversion to new taxes, the issue could have a tough time getting started.

Saranac Lake's Franklin County Legislator Tim Burpoe said he looks forward to the discussion about the occupancy tax proposal.

But he wondered who would pay for the tax's collection costs.

"There's going to be costs associated with that tax revenue. I think it's a great idea to just have it flow directly to tourism," he said. "But when that money goes to tourism it kind of relieves the county of financing that amount."

There's an apparent schism between pro-occupancy tax groups. While the chambers argue the money should go directly to tourism marketing, others counter it should be funneled into the county's general fund.

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