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City of Cortland Sets Public Hearing Date on Proposed Occupancy Tax

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During the City of Cortland Common Council meeting last night, the Common Council voted unanimously to set a public hearing date for a proposed local law that would reimplement an occupancy tax on hotels, motels, and bed & breakfast, or other tour rental stay facilities within the City of Cortland. The public hearing will take place on July 16th at 6pm, the next Common Council meeting at City Hall.


The City of Cortland argues implementing an occupancy tax would benefit the city by adding additional revenue. The revenue collected would then be used to promote tourism to the City of Cortland and help promote cultural programs, city parks and recreational activities, and infrastructure and capital improvements.

The City had sent a home rule request, which was approved by the state legislature in both the Assembly and Senate; it now waits to be signed by the Governor. If signed by the Governor, the City of Cortland will be allowed to implement a hotel and motel tax rate of up to 3% of the per-diem rental rate for each room. The City of Cortland plans to implement a 1% rate.

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