There's nothing like an untouched pile of cash accumulating to catch the attention of lawmakers and so it is with the hotel occupancy tax money yet unused by Jefferson County.
Some county legislators want to start using it for community projects, kind of like a local version of "member items" used in Albany. I am sure the Thousand Islands Council would like more and some in the hotel industry want money spent promoting their product.
When you agree to have a government collect taxes, you accept the premise that the elected body in charge appropriates how it is spent.
Since all of us in the City are facing a pretty big hike in our County tax bill, lets hope our legislators will realize that continuing to expand the pool of visiting shoppers will produce the sales tax revenue that can keep property taxes in check.
However if they use the money to fund local pet projects, I can understand that too as people expect their electeds to be able to bring home some bacon now and again.
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