Lewis A. Fidler

Source: council.nyc.gov

Councilman Fidler’s plan to extend a city-imposed increase of the hotel tax just got a major endorsement from a former opponent: Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg, who opposed the proposal when it was first implemented two years ago, has embraced the plan as way to keep the city’s coffers filled during the current economic difficulties.

“Ideally, we would let it expire now, but the budget situation remains dire and we can’t lose the revenue,” a spokesperson for the mayor told Wall Street Journal. “It’s a temporary extension of the current rate and the impact is primarily on out-of-towners.”

The support comes on the heels of Bloomberg’s order to all city agencies to slash expenses by a total of $2 billion during the next 18 months. The increase would generate approximately $90 million through June 2013.

The hotel industry is still opposed to the plan, saying it would hurt tourism – which, in the time since the tax was increased in 2009 has hit record numbers. Fidler, though, is happy for the support, saying it will help the Council push it through before the holiday season.

“It would be, in my view, unconscionable to allow the Christmas tourist season to come and go without tapping into this revenue,” he told the Journal. “That’s just nuts.”

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  • http://twitter.com/Lostinservice Lostinservice

    Nice to see Bloomberg come to his senses and side with the people of NYC instead of tourists.

  • Anonymous

    You could add 10% more to that tax and it still wouldnt hurt tourism.

  • nolastname

    Ya know my stomach turns every time I think of the politicians my father contacted 6 years ago about the sidewalk repairs that were forced on my parents property. 
    Not one lifted a finger. My parents were in their 80′s asking for help…..what a f’in shame. Six years later…the sidewalks done by a L.I. company are in worse shape than before the repairs. The hedges which are as old as the house have been dying because the repairs were started during a heat spell and left roots exposed for days.
    There were much worse areas in Sheepshead Bay never mind other parts of Brooklyn.
    Why was the project halted? I have several explanations BLOOMIE.
    So now let them shine…Nelson and the rest…there is a place in hell for you. You should be ashamed taking advantage of a salary. Go take pictures smiling somewhere and credit for something you did nothing for.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34224145@N04/6324568662/in/photostream

    • nolastname

      And here’s another pic. Please look at all the pics in this flickr set.

  • Politicalaction

    Lou Fidler and the rest of the Democrats don’t know the first thing about economics. The first reaction to any problem is more taxes. We have a spending problem Lou not a lack of enough taxes!