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Lockport Council renews "bed tax"

LOCKPORT - The Lockport Common Council voted unanimously Wednesday to renew the city's 4 percent "bed tax" on hotel and motel bills for the next three years.

The city keeps 5 percent of the revenue as an administrative fee, and 75 percent of the remainder is sent to the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., Niagara County's official tourism promotion agency. The city keeps the balance to use as it sees fit.

The 2017 city budget estimates that $135,000 will be collected from the bed tax next year, with the administrative fee being $6,750 and the NTCC taking almost $96,200. For 2016, the city projected $160,000 but collected only $126,000, so it scaled back its expectations, according to Finance Director Scott A. Schrader.

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