Newburgh wants to implement city hotel room tax


NEWBURGH – The City of Newburgh will be asking the state legislature to approve the implementation of a hotel room tax.

Mayor Torrance Harvey said officials see that as a way to raise more money and not at the expense of city residents, but rather from visitors.

“Not only are we anticipating Sim Foster’s luxury hotel on Grand Street, but we also know that there is a significant uptick in Air BNB folk coming to the city, which is fine. We want to encourage tourism,” he said.

The proposal would allow the city to charge no more than a five percent room tax, but that revenue could be used to continue the revitalization of the city, said the mayor.

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