Port Jervis, Wallkill seek room tax

Tru Hotel by Hilton in the Town of Wallkill

ALBANY – The state legislature has given its okay for the City of Port Jervis and the Town of Wallkill to implement a hotel and B&B room tax.

The governor must still approve it to become law. He vetoed the Wallkill bill last year.

Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker said his city is looking for a three percent room tax to boost the city’s coffers.

“Tourism has become the mainstay of the City of Port Jervis and by new hotels coming in as well as bed and breakfasts, this just allows us to continue the improvements to draws people into the city,” he said.

In Wallkill, Town Supervisor Frank DenDanto said he would like to see a five percent room tax. The new income would be “a real lifeline for the town,” he said.

The measures were sponsored by Senator Jennifer Metzger (D, Rosendale). In the Assembly, Karl Brabenec (R, Deerpark) sponsored the Port Jervis measure while Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh) sponsored by the Wallkill bill.

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