North Castle Looks To Hotel Tax To Boost Town Revenue

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North Castle Town Supervisor Howard Arden is looking for support in Albany to pass a law allowing a local hotel tax. Photo Credit: Contributed

ARMONK, N.Y. — With the town budget already strapped, North Castle is hoping to impose a tax on hotel guests that could generate revenue to be used to improve the infrastructure around the town.

The small tax could bring in large revenue streams for North Castle each year, Town Supervisor Howard Arden said.

"If you had just a $3 a night tax on our one hotel in town, it could generate $100,000-plus," Arden said. 

The tax would be a fee added to a guest's bill at North Castle's only hotel, La Quinta Inn on Business Park Drive in Armonk. It would also be in place should any new hotels open in North Castle.

By state law, a town can't impose a hotel tax until it is endorsed by the state legislature and passed in Albany. Arden has begun working with new Sen. George Latimer and Assemblyman David Buchwald on the matter.

Town Board member Michael Schiliro agreed with the concept to help in areas of need throughout town.

"There's no impact to town residents. The people who stay at the hotel don't really feel it," Schiliro said. "But it really helps the municipality."

The hotel tax could ease up other areas of the budget, Arden said.

"This was we would have a renewable source of funds for our roads, bridges and such," he said. "There's certainly always going to be a need for that."

No timetable is set for possibly passing the tax law. A representative with La Quinta Inn was not immediately available for comment. 

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