by Jeremy Moule
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.