Referred to: The Economic Development, Planning, Education, Employment, Arts and Agriculture Committee (Chairman Cahill and Legislators Corcoran, Criswell, Hewitt, Litts, Maloney and Sperry), and The Ways and Means Committee (Chairman Gavaris and Legislators Cahill, Fabiano, Ronk, and Walter)
Legislator Joe Maloney offers the following:
WHEREAS, Article IX of the New York State Constitution and Section 40 of the Municipal Home Rule Law provide for the enactment of special laws by the New York State Legislature initiated by a Home Rule Request from a local municipality; and
WHEREAS, the Legislature of Ulster County wishes to submit a Home Rule Request seeking to enact special legislation affecting N.Y.S. Tax Law Section 1202-l; and
WHEREAS, on January 10, 2005, the Ulster County Legislature reinstated Local Law Number 5 of 1991, which imposed a two (2%) percent Hotel and Motel Room Occupancy Tax in accordance with legislative authority granted by the New York State Legislature through its enactment of Section 1202-l of the Tax Law; and
WHEREAS, with changing times and the effects of the pandemic, occupancy tax collections from short-term rentals have skyrocketed, more than doubling over the last four-year period; and
WHEREAS, as adjustments have not been made in 17 years, the Ulster County Legislature finds that it is necessary and imperative to increase the Hotel & Motel Room Occupancy Tax rates to become more aligned with occupancy tax rates in most other counties, and to provide revenue to meet the ever-increasing costs associated with required and/or mandated and under-funded programs; and
WHEREAS, it is hereby determined that a necessity exists for such legislation in that the County of Ulster does not have the power to enact such legislation by Local Law; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, the Ulster County Legislature, pursuant to Article IX of the New York State Constitution and Section 40 of the Municipal Home Rule Law, requests that the New York State Legislature enact legislation amending New York State Tax Law Section 1202-l, increasing the Hotel & Motel Occupancy Tax rate for hotels and motels up to six percent (6%) and short-term rentals up to ten (10%) percent, as follows:
New York State Tax Law Section 1202-l:
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the county of Ulster is hereby authorized and empowered to adopt and amend local laws imposing in such county a tax, in addition to any other tax authorized and imposed pursuant to this article, such as the legislature has or would have the power and authority to impose upon persons occupying hotel or motel rooms and short-term rentals in such county.
For the purposes of this section, the term “hotel” or “motel” shall mean and include any facility providing lodging on an overnight basis and shall include those facilities designated and commonly known as “bed and breakfast” and “tourist” facilities.
For the purposes of this section, the term “short-term rentals” shall mean and include those units rented or leased to occupants, other than permanent residents, that are furnished apartments or living units in or consisting of a dwelling place ordinarily occupied for residential purposes or location that is otherwise made available for sleeping accommodations, directly by the owner or through an owner’s agent or hosting company, and shall include those commonly referred to as “vacation rentals.”
The rates of such tax imposed upon persons occupying hotel or motel rooms shall not exceed six per cent of the per diem rental rate for each room, provided, however, such tax shall not be applicable to a permanent resident of such hotel or motel. The rates of such tax imposed upon persons occupying short-term rentals shall not exceed ten per cent of the per diem rental rate for each room, provided, however, such tax shall not be applicable to a permanent resident of such hotel or motel. For the purposes of this section the term “permanent resident” shall mean a person occupying any room or rooms in a hotel or motel or short-term rental for at least ninety consecutive days;” and, be it further
RESOLVED, that these intentions be transmitted to the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly,
and move its adoption.
ADOPTED BY THE FOLLOWING VOTE:
Passed Committee: Economic Development, Planning, Education, Employment, Arts and Agriculture on _______________.
Passed Committee: Ways and Means on _______________.
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Updated: May 3, 2022
Votes on this Resolutionyes no abstained no vote
Committee Vote to Postpone Resolution No. 11.2