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County posts occupancy & sales tax distributions

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On Tuesday (November 12), Cortland legislators will pre-authorize both the Q3 sales tax figures for FY-2019 and the county occupancy tax allocations for 2020.


A total of $8.4M in sales tax revenue was calculated by the state comptroller, of which $1.5M is automatically taken off the top and placed in the jail reserve fund, as per a 2018 sales tax agreement.

Another 54% goes exclusively to county purposes, with the rest being spread around the various municipalities, several of which have opted to use part of their sales tax dollars to off-set the property tax levy.

Just under $3.7M was ultimately distributed.

See the full breakdown below:


About $280K will be distributed to 18 different organizations through the county’s 2020 tourism & marketing grants, which are collected by way of a local occupancy tax law.

Determining award amounts is a process facilitated by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, which then makes recommendations to the legislature for their official approval.

The current breakdown for 2020 allocations is set as follows:

  • 1890 House Museum – $12,000
  • Brockway Truck Preservation Society – $10,000
  • Center for the Arts of Homer – $23,000
  • Central NY Maple Festival – $5,500
  • Cortland Area Innkeepers Association – $6,000
  • Cortland Crush NYCBL Baseball – $5,000
  • Cortland County Historical Society – $12,000
  • Cortland Main Street Music Series – $2,000
  • Cortland Regional Sports Council – $118,000
  • Cortland Repertory Theatre – $25,000
  • Cultural Council of Cortland County – $8,500
  • Holiday in Homer – $2,000′
  • Homer Cortland Community Agency – $12,000′
  • Homeville Museum – $1,000
  • JM McDonald Sports Complex – $20,000
  • Lime Hollow Nature Center – $12,000
  • Little York Fiber Arts Festival – $2,000
  • Statewide Country Music Park – $4,000

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