Agencies that receive occupancy tax money to promote tourism in Cortland County now face new reporting rules and additional insurance requirements.
Following a discussion during the development of the 2016 Cortland County Budget about the use of occupancy tax receipts by outside agencies for salary and other activities, the county has announced changes in the way the tax money will be allocated to events and organizations.
Among the changes is a new rule that will require agencies that receive occupancy tax funding to spend the money first, then seek reimbursement from the county by submitting receipts or other proof that the money was spent on promotional materials. The agency or event must also add the county to its insurance policy.
Applications for the funding were due in September. Those applications are now under review with awards expected in November or December. The county expects to have a second round of funding available and will accept applications in the coming months.
See the letter from Cortland County Legislative Chairman Donnell Boyden: Occupancy Tax Letter