Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton yesterday (May 8) announced that she’s introduced a new bill to exempt Ithaca Carshare and other car-sharing organizations “outside of the metropolitan commuter transportation district, from the new 6% tax on passenger car rental authorized in this year’s budget.” That exemption would not apply to for-profit ride-sharing companies like Uber or Lyft.
From Assemblywoman Lifton:
“Car-sharing organizations operate as non-profits and offer memberships and vehicles for those who, often, have no other affordable access to a car. They provide, effectively, a transit service for our community, allowing members to rent a car or truck for travel into areas away from the bus routes, or for hauling large, heavy items when needed.
I’m pleased to be introducing this bill to eliminate the additional 6% tax imposed upon car-sharing organizations, which provide a much different service than a traditional for-profit car rental company, and target their services toward low-income residents who often cannot otherwise afford car ownership.”
Lifton says the legislation also has a companion bill in the Senate, sponsored by Senator Neil Breslin.