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Highlights From Cortland Common Council Meeting: February 5, 2019

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Tuesday night’s Cortland Common Council meeting produced a few noteworthy resolutions.

As expected, the Council unanimously voted to enter into a settlement agreement with Ramada, which owes the city nearly $500,000 in back taxes and other usage fees. The new agreement actually waives an additional $40,000 that Ramada owes the city in interest.

The Council also moved to ask the State for permission to charge an additional 3% occupancy tax on all hotels in the City of Cortland, which would be applied on top of the County’s 5%. This additional tax would be used for tourism marketing and infrastructure improvements.

That measure was passed unanimously by the Council and now needs to be approved by lawmakers in Albany.

There will also be an option on our local voting ballots this November that will consider raising the term of the Mayor and other elected City Council members from two years to four. The County has already made that change for its legislators.

Rounding out the meeting was talk about possibly eliminating some parking on Tompkins Street near Stupid Choppers Bike Shop for safety reasons.

A public hearing date has been set on that topic for March 5.

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