New York Limo Company Maintains Prices despite Rising Costs

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A New York limousine company, undaunted by rising costs and recently imposed taxes, maintains 5 year old prices for its customers.

Gotham Limousine, a trusted name in New York City since 1965, has devised an unusual way of dealing with the mounting challenges of this recession. Despite the recently levied state-wide sales tax and climbing costs of gas and tolls, Gotham Limo has steadfastly held their 5 year old prices for consumers.

"This tax has come at a difficult time for the entire limousine industry," says Frank McDonald, owner and operator of Gotham Limo. McDonald has been running Gotham Limos successfully in New York City for the past 25 years, and according to him the current climate is the worst he has ever seen. Still, Gotham Limo has not increased its prices since 2004. "It is a difficult economic period for everybody, and we want to maintain affordable prices for our customers."

Starting in June, the State of New York began applying 8.375% sales tax on all limousine and car services. The new tax has added greatly to existing problems faced by the limousine industry in the midst of recession, and some New York limousine companies are suing the state in a bid to reverse the tax.

New York's Division of the Budget cites the state's $20 billion deficit is the primary cause for the tax, which is expected to bring in at least $25 million this year. However, limousine companies believe that this may be the worst time to levy such a high tax. Gas prices are increasing every week, with the national average climbing more than 28% since late April. Toll Bridge and airport parking fees have also seen substantial increases within recent years.

While most companies have increased their prices in an attempt to offset the new sales tax, McDonald believes that this is not the solution. Gotham Limo maintains its 2004 prices, and offers discounts on various packages to boot.

"Our success in New York City is founded on the trust we have built with our customers," explains McDonald. "Many of our customers have been with us for decades, and in a difficult time it becomes even more important that we ease their problems, not add to them."

About Gotham Limousine: Gotham Limousine offers services to all major airports in the New York City, and special discount packages. Vehicles available include town cars, SUV's, Stretch limousines, vans, and hybrid and specialty cars. In addition to airport service, Gotham Limousine also offers special discount packages for business travel, proms, weddings and sightseeing activities. For more information about prices and services, visit http://www.gothamlimo.com or call 1-888.446.5466.

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