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Belmont, Board to Endorse Harrison Hotel Tax

HARRISON, N.Y. - Harrison Mayor/Supervisor Ron Belmont and the town village board will voice support Thursday night for a bill that could impose a new occupancy tax at local hotels, according to a meeting agenda . The motion will be taken to the state level for consideration.

The bill, which has received consistent support from the Harrison government but has never been passed at the state level, is expected to generate more than $400,000 in revenue for the town, which the town estimated when the bill was introduced to the Senate last year.

If implemented, the bill would allow the village to impose a 3 percent occupancy tax for local hotels, including the West Harrison Renaissance Westchester Hotel, the Westchester Country Club and the Summerfield Suites.

Harrison first expressed support for such a measure in 2010 when Rye Brook became the first local village to levy the tax, but hasn't yet received the approval from the state. Though the bill has received consistent support from the Harrison board, state government officials remained reluctant to impose any new taxes.

The bill was sponsored by State Assemblyman George Latimer (D) and also received sponsorship in the Senate by Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D) over the last two years.

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