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City of Cortland Looks to Have City Occupancy Tax Reestablished


The City of Cortland looks to once again impose an occupancy tax for those staying in a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or any other tourist rental stays. Cortland previously had an occupancy tax authorized by the state until it expired and subsequently repealed back in September of last year.

If approved by the state, the city would implement a hotel and motel tax rate of up to 3% of the per diem rental rate for each room. The city cited the implementation of an occupancy tax would add additional revenues to the City of Cortland. Those revenues would go towards promoting tourism, cultural programs, parks and recreation, and the city infrastructure.

A timeline of when the City of Cortland would be allowed to begin an occupancy tax is unsure. Mayor Scott Steve noted to Councillors this action is one of many hoops the city will have to jump through before an occupancy tax occurs within the City of Cortland.

The law requires it to go through the State Senate and then Assembly before final approval by the Governor.

The vote was unanimous to request both New York State Senator Lea Webb, and New York Assemblymember Anna Kelles to authorize the City of Cortland in renewing the authority to implement the occupancy tax and requested a bill be drafted and introduced with similarities to the previous, but also include updated text.

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