Today, a proposed local law amending the lodging tax law appeared on the agenda for tomorrow's Common Council meeting. The law, if enacted, is the death knell of the Tourism Board. The following is Section 3. Purpose of that law:
By Local Law No. 3 of 2019, the City of Hudson extended the short-term lodging tax authorized by Tax Law Sec. 1202-dd. That law provided for the creation of a Tourism Board and provided a dedicated stream of revenue to the Tourism Board from the short-term lodging tax. The law was amended by Local Law No. 2 of 2020 to provide for the revenues from the short-term lodging tax to be deposited in the City's general fund to meet the other fiscal needs of the City to protect the health, welfare and safety of City residents. The City of Hudson now finds that to allow for better transparency and accounting to the residents of the City of Hudson the purpose and scope of review of the Tourism Board should be transferred to the Common Council for the City of Hudson and/or any committee of the Common Council. This local law abolishes the Tourism Board.