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Lemondes Undecided on Auburn’s Home Rule Tax Proposal


One local state lawmaker has met with Auburn City Council about their proposal of passing a home rule asking Cayuga County to split the tax revenue collected from short-term rentals within Auburn’s municipal boundaries with the city.

To implement its own proposed 5% tax, both Assemblyman John Lemondes and State Senator Rachel May would need to put forth Home Rule legislation for the city in their respective houses. May has already done so while Lemondes is seeking input from Auburn residents before deciding whether or not to support the tax

“They came to me and said ‘Hey, we want you to do this’ and I said ‘not so fast,’ Lemondes told our Ted Baker on Wednesday’s “FLX Morning” on Finger Lakes News Radio. “I will not just carte blanche, introduce a bill raising taxes without giving the community, businesses, and all concerned residents an opportunity to voice their opinion to me.”

“I did the same thing in Skaneateles, held a public meeting prior to, in that case, I decided to endorse and promote the tax. Skaneateles is completely different than Auburn, so I have not made my decision yet on what I will do in Auburn as we are still gathering feedback.”

Currently, the city has a 5% hotel occupancy tax, which is a tax on each night’s stay at a hotel, motel, or Airbnb-style rental. Revenue generated from the tax is used for tourism development and promotion for all of Cayuga County.

In its resolution approved last week, the city claimed it will use the money it receives to “assist with funding our City of Auburn Historic and Cultural Sites Commission tourism promotion and development programs.”

You can listen to Mr. Lemondes’s full interview from “FLX Morning” with Ted Baker below:

FLX MORNING PODCAST – Assemblyman John Lemondes

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