Campground Owners of New York (CONY) marked a legislative property tax victory and hosted the sponsor of the CONY-backed bill during its 40th Annual CONY Conference and Trade Show.
“That was the keynote to the whole convention,” CONY Executive Administrator Bob Klos said.
The new law, introduced by state Assemblyman Joseph D. Morrelle and signed by Gov. George Pataki on Sept. 17, prohibits local taxing agencies from assessing as personal property RVs under 400 square feet that are parked in New York campgrounds.
Klos said assessors in several counties had begun the taxing practice to support sagging tax revenues.
“It was not in all campgrounds, and it was not in all jurisdictions,” he said.
Morrelle was an invited special guest of the convention that was attended by 163 people representing 74 campgrounds. The convention was held Oct. 23-26 at the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology Inn and Conference Center.
The convention also featured 39 vendors and 12 seminars on subjects that included retirement planning, budgeting, customer satisfaction, insurance and activities planning. The keynote speaker was campground consultant David Gorin, former president of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
Klos reported that registrations were down during the season by as much as 5% at many CONY campgrounds because of 12 successive weekends of rain. “After the wet season, coming into August and September, most of them were back to normal,” he said.
CONY officials elected during a board meeting at the convention were President Janine Paddock, Deer River Campsite, Malone; First Vice President Bill Perry, Chautauqua Heights Camping Resort, DeWittville; Second Vice President Diane Keil, Country Roads Campground, Gilboa; Secretary Cris Cove, Oakland Valley Campground, Cuddebackville; and Treasurer Don Bennett, Conesus Lake Campground, Conesus.
CONY’s 2004 convention/trade show will be Oct. 21-24 at the Hilton Lake Placid.