Administrative Services Committee passes local law regarding occupancy tax

MAYVILLE – A local law that was tabled in September has been passed by the Administrative Services Committee.

Last week, the committee reviewed a local law amending a local law imposing a tax on the occupancy of hotel or motel rooms. According to a memorandum by Steve Abdella, county attorney, the local law implements the continuation of the 5 percent tax in the occupancy of hotel or motel rooms until Nov. 30, 2015.

Additionally, the amendment more clearly defines hotel and motel, and gives the county’s director of finance authority to adjust amounts under the local law, including penalties and interest, if deemed in the best interest of the county.

Also during the meeting, Legislator Rod Rogers, G-Forestville, introduced a resolution calling for the formation of a county charter and administrative code commission.

According to the county charter, a commission is required every 10 years, with the last taking place in July 2004. Rogers told the committee he was initiating the formation, because it is supposed to be done.

The commission will have no more than 10 members, with five appointed by the county executive and five by the legislature.