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