The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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September 25, 2013

Transient business law is adopted

Medina Journal-Register — A local law unanimously passed by the Medina Village Board at its meeting Monday night will affect visiting businesses to the area in the future.

Aimed at affecting transient businesses, the law was heavily backed by Hartway Motors and Orleans Ford. In the past couple years, the auto dealerships said their business was affected by a competing dealer’s tent sale.

The law calls for the visiting business to pay a fee for a permit. It also taxes the visiting business based on the total amount of sales, and does so at the village property tax rate. All told, a business would pay the village about 1.6 percent of its total volume of sales.

Gabrielle Barone, vice president of the Orleans Economic Development Agency, spoke during the public hearing for the law. She cited the longevity of both Hartway (over 70 years) and Orleans Ford (about 30 years) as major Medina businesses that have survived in booming and busting economies. Both, she said, have been “active, prominent” members of the business community during their time in Medina.

“Medina is a rarity, to be a community of its size it’s fortunate to have two competing active dealerships,” Barone said. Combined, the dealerships employ between 55 and 60 people, and they contribute $65,000 in property taxes and $800,000 in sales tax to the area, Barone noted.

Requiring a visiting business to pay a fee to get a permit, and asking said business to pay a little extra to set up shop, would help level the playing field among the two dealers and the visiting vendor.

“That’s the general policy behind this law,” Mayor Andrew Meier said. “The local businesses pay property taxes so the visiting businesses now have to pay little bit, too.”

The most prominent transient business affected will be the automobile tent sale held by Transitowne annually at Medina Lanes. Meier said there has also been a sale in the lot of Maple Ridge Plaza that could also be affected. 

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