Canoeing on Cayuga Lake. (Unsplash)
TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — The Tompkins County Legislature has allocated $573,000 dollars to support its tourism industry.
This was done in response to what they heard in April and May from the tourism sector at the Housing and Urban Development meetings.
It was also recommended to the full Legislature by its Housing and Economic Development and the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committees.
The money is coming out of the County’s $1.9 million contingent fund for 2021.
The resolution to allocate the funds reads, “no sector of the County’s economy suffered as severely as did our tourism and hospitality industry.” It passed unanimously at the Legislature’s July 6th meeting, when there were three excused legislators.
Legislator Dan Klein made the point that the allocation is a large portion of the County’s flexible cash.
“If I remember correctly, the contingent fund has about $2 million in the budget this year,” Klein said. “So this represents a significant percentage of it taken out.”
A majority of this money will go towards expanding visitor services and fall and winter marketing campaigns. Here’s a full breakdown of where the money is going.
Breakdown of $573,000. (Provided)