By DENNIS PHILLIPS
MAYVILLE The new bed tax distribution formula and allocation to area tourism related groups didn't have every legislator satisfied about the resolution, but did gain enough support to pass Wednesday in Mayville.
The legislature passed two occupancy tax resolutions bed tax distribution formula and allocation of reserve funds to area groups and organizations which didn't come easy.
The legislature took about a half-hour recess to discuss the resolutions because some legislators weren't happy with the allocation of reserve money to tourism groups.
After the meeting legislator Keith Ahlstrom, D-Dunkirk and chairman, said the Planning and Economic Development Committee, who constructed the resolutions, put a lot of time and energy into the laws, which, most likely, would have fallen apart if multiple amendments would have been made to meet individual legislator request.
Ron Szot, D-Dunkirk, after the meeting, thanked legislators for passing the two resolutions.
''This policy is truly a bi-partisan achievement, and provides and objective mechanism and a rational framework for spending occupancy tax revenues,'' he said. ''I would especially like to thank the hard work of legislators Maria Kindberg and Fred Crosscut for their dedication and thoughtful vision.''
The new bed tax distribution formula will give 50 percent of revenues to the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, 30 percent to enhance county water ways, 15 percent to county funded items, which would include parks and the Sheriff's Department water navigation and snowmobile patrol, and 5 percent to the county's Finance Department for occupancy tax administration.