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Cayuga County votes against sharing hotel occupancy tax dollars with Auburn

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The Cayuga County Legislature on Tuesday decided to renew the 5% hotel occupancy tax, rejecting the city of Auburn’s proposal to share a portion of the revenue.

The tax, in effect since 1994 and set to expire in September, primarily funds the local tourism office. Auburn’s request aimed to redirect some funds to support the city’s cultural and historic sites.

The majority voted to continue the tax without changes. Legislator Stephanie DeVito expressed a commitment to finding ways to fund local institutions despite voting for the tax’s renewal to ensure continued revenue for the county.