Lockport Common Council Prepares Increased Tax for Hotel Owners

LOCKPORT, December 11 – The Common Council met for their scheduled workshop in preparing upcoming legislation; among the items, a tax increase awaiting approval from the Governor.

The Hotel Occupancy Law, last amended in November of 2016, is looking at another revision.  This revision adds an additional 1% in tax to Hotel owners, (anyone renting out even just one room from their home qualifies,) making for a total 5% tax.

The amended portion in Section 13: Disposition of Revenues, is as follows:

“Upon approval of the Governor, the additional 1% of such revenue of this tax shall be dedicated to the operations of the Discover Niagara Shuttle.”

The Discover Niagara Shuttle program is described on its website as, “an initiative of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area served as the catalyst engaging Niagara County partners and stakeholders in developing a comprehensive transportation network that connects visitors and residents with the natural, cultural and historic assets within the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area.”

The Bill, (AA236) which has already passed through the State Senate and Assembly, is only awaiting the Governors approval.  A necessity for the increase to be formally introduced into local law.