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February 25, 2014

Step Back in Time: Feb. 25, 2014

25 years agoFeb. 25, 1989

COOPERSTOWN — A request that would allow Otsego County to impose a 2 percent “bed tax” on the county’s hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast rooms has been introduced both in the state Assembly and Senate, according to state legislators who represent the county.

The bed tax proposal, which languished and died last year while in committee at the state legislature, has made a comeback.

But there is a loophole that may give local bed tax opponents another chance to stop the proposal before it passes through the state legislature and is routed back to Otsego County for further action.

According to Assemblyman Anthony Casale, R-Herkimer, to pass a law to impose a local tax, the state legislature must receive a special request from Otsego County.

Rep. Richard Daniels, R-Gilbertsville, who this year is chairman of the county committee that oversees tourism-related functions, said he was unaware of that home rule requirement.

“It hasn’t been brought up, to my knowledge,” Daniels said.

Local opponents of the bed tax, including owners of hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast lodging, said they are well aware of the home rule requirement and are poised to oppose it the moment it is considered by the county Board of Representatives.


50 years agoFeb. 25, 1964

Oneonta officials who have to do with snow removal costs indicate that when the final accounting of the costs are made the bill is going to be “enormous.”

Street Foreman Edmund Shultis said Monday, “we have had more man hours and materials used in snow removal this year than before. It’s been enormous— the number of man hours and materials we have been forced to use…”

The report by Mr. Shultis, however brief, ties in with a report from Oneonta’s official weather reporting station on the Mickle Brook Road.

Snow fall during January and February 1964 was, according to the official observer, approximately double the snowfall for the comparable months in 1963.

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