Tompkins County
New York


Approval of Use of 2017 Arts and Culture Organizational Development (ACOD) Professional Development Funds


Department:Strategic Tourism Planning BoardSponsors:

Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and the Tompkins County Legislature recognize that the local arts and cultural community is a valuable and unique asset, and that a need exists to harness the power of the arts to grow tourism, and that strategic management and stabilization of these assets will better serve visitors through well-planned marketing efforts, and


WHEREAS, the County contracts with CAP to develop and implement a plan for financial and operational development and capacity building of arts and cultural entities, and


WHEREAS, the arts and cultural community could better position itself in the marketplace to attract more visitors to and enhance visitors’ stay in Tompkins County, thus generating more dollars into the local economy, and


              WHEREAS, the CAP in consultation with local arts organizations and tourism organizations has identified a need for a professional development workshop in 2017 presented by “Americans for the Arts” focused on building our collective capacity to market our arts assets in Tompkins County, and


WHEREAS, funding exists within the Room Occupancy Tax funded Tompkins County Tourism Program budget for professional development within the Arts and Culture Organizational Development Program, now therefore be it


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee, That the Community Arts Partnership be granted $2,000 in support of this workshop, 


RESOLVED, further, That the County Administrator or his designee be and hereby is authorized to sign any agreements with CAP or the workshop vendor pertaining to this program.



Meeting History

Jul 10, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Regular Meeting
MOVER:Glenn Morey, Member
SECONDER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
AYES:James Dennis, Michael Sigler, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey
NAYS:Daniel Klein
Jul 18, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

It was MOVED by Mr. Klein, seconded by Ms. Kiefer, to amend the resolution to add the following Resolved: “Resolved, further, That 2017 funding for any ACOD organizations which have received funding cuts be restored to their 2015 levels with funding to come from the STPB reserve fund for a total of $26,500.”

Mr. Klein explained many cuts were made to several organizations in 2015 totaling $26,500. That money was cut because other organizations have received funding and there wasn’t enough funding to go around. It was in effect for 2016 and 2017. The STPB budget includes a great amount of Room Tax and $1 million more is collected now than ten years ago; funds far exceed the request. He said although he would prefer his motion go back to 2016, that is not cannot be done. He stressed this action will not take away from any other arts organizations and it will not cost taxpayers any more or stop any recommendations in the STPB budget.

Mr. Stein said the fundamental obligation is to do the best thing with people’s money that the Legislature can and believes that everyone in the County can be helped by these organizations and no one can be hurt by these programs.

Mr. Dennis said the STPB program was developed several years ago by a former County Legislator Chair, Stuart Stein. A very good group of people was put together to examine all the requests. The group was put together to keep this out of the hands of the County Legislature and included area people involved in the arts community.

Mr. John said it looks like in 2016 they were trying to use the same amount of money across more organizations and there were beneficiaries of that and they were sharing the pie in a different way. He understands both perspectives but would appreciate to hear from the STPB.

Mr. Marx, Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability, said this was originally seen as a stabilization program but recognizing the important value and having some revenues they can count on made it seem like it made sense for them. It is a multi-step project and a balancing act that takes a lot of work to figure out how much to allocate to each organization. He believes this accomplishes the initiatives outlined in the tourism plan that was adopted a couple of years ago.

Ms. Coleman, Chair of the STPB, said there were five new organizations that applied and explained how the funding was allocated. She said in essence the organizations are receiving more. She also spoke of the importance of having reserves.

Mrs. McBean-Clairborne said these are not the only arts organizations coming on board and said there is at least one more coming. She suggested that Legislators offer their vision and guidance of what they would like the STPB plan to include and allow for the process that is in place to occur.

Ms. Kiefer spoke of how fortunate the County is to have Tom Knipe as the Tourism Coordinator. She believes that the Legislature can support this and that there is sufficient money through reserves without jeopardizing the work plan for this year and to give these organizations what they didn’t get years ago.

Mr. Stein believes it is the Legislature’s obligation to support these organizations.

Mr. Dennis said the 2018 budget will return to the 2015 level; he doesn’t agree funding something in mid-year when there is a budget process.

Mr. Klein said the reason some people don’t want to fund this is because the pie is not big enough to give the same size slice to everyone. His point is that the pie is much bigger and if at this point we are not restoring the funding he has not heard a good argument as to why these organizations are being cut.

Mr. Sigler said he has heard these organizations are getting more funding; they are just getting it from other places.

A voice vote resulted as follows on the amendment: Ayes - 5 (Legislators Burbank, Kelles, Kiefer, Klein, and Stein); Noes - 7 (Legislators Dennis, John, Lane, McBean-Clairborne, McKenna, Morey, and Sigler); Excused - 2 (Legislators Chock and Robertson). MOTION TO AMEND FAILED.

Following the vote, Mrs. McBean-Clairborne stated for the record that it is her expectation that the funding will be increased in 2018.

MOVER:James Dennis, Member
SECONDER:Glenn Morey, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein
EXCUSED:Carol Chock, Martha Robertson