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Yates County to share occupancy tax funds

The Yates County Legislature will allocate $325,000 from county occupancy tax revenues to nine organizations that will use the funds for programs that will help bring more tourists to the county in the future.

The legislators unanimously approved the recommendations of the Tourism Advisory Committee Oct. 9 during their regular meeting.

Gene Pierce of Glenora Wine Cellars and the Inn at Glenora and Jessica Bacher of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce reported on the committee’s recommendations:

‒ Yates County Tourism Promotion Agency (Chamber of Commerce): $185,000

‒ Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism: $70,000

‒ Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance: $21,860

‒ Yates County Chamber of Commerce: $16,285

‒ Finger Lakes Museum: $10,000

‒ Keuka Outlet Trail: $8,400

‒ Mom’s 5K Run (Penn Yan Airport): $5,000

‒ The Windmill: $4,750

‒ Yates County History Center: $3,000

The committee received applications from 18 organizations with 20 requests for a total of over $666,000.

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