Yates County is a quaint, lakefront area comprised of nine towns and four villages in New York state. After an influx in short-term rental (STR) activity, spurred by the pandemic, Yates County’s finance committee realized how much the entire community could benefit from maximizing their collection of occupancy taxes. The county moved from a manual process and instituted Granicus’ short-term rental management software to help them easily identify hundreds of hidden STRs and collect $185,000 in back taxes in just six months. The county allocated the revenue collected to fund the Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC) and Natural Resource Grant which helps fund and create local events and activities, beautification projects, and natural resource improvements.
- $185,000 Collected in back taxes in six months
- From 200 to 753 Short-term rentals identified
- 67% Short-term rental compliance rate
- $200,000 Projected to be collected by year’s end