Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sports commission in line for funding bump

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Next year, Monroe County will host two high-profile professional golf events. And partly because of that, the county is bumping up funding for a non-profit that promotes local sports events.

The proposed 2013 county budget includes a substantial funding increase for the Monroe County Sports Development Corporation. Under the proposal, it would receive $207,500 in hotel-motel tax funds. That would be an increase from the $82,500 it received under the 2011 and 2012 budgets.

The increase is due to the corporation's success in bringing in sporting events, county Chief Financial Officer Scott Adair said during a Legislature committee meeting last night.

The pro golf events, however, will draw a lot of visitors to Monroe County. The extra funding will be used to take advantage of that influx and to promote Rochester and Monroe County as a sports destination, says county spokesperson Justin Feasel.

The Democrat and Chronicle reports that the corporation also receives $400,000 in grants from the Greater Rochester Visitors Association and the Greater Rochester Sports Authority. Both of those organizations also receive hotel-motel tax revenues.

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