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The recent decision regarding continued funding for Visit Tuolumne County, the one organization dedicated to tourism which is a linchpin of the county’s economy, is problematic. While visitors to the area do stress our resources like roads, traffic and public safety to some extent, areas that require better funding by the county, they also generate some $8 million in TOT revenue to the county which now retains 82% of those monies. More visitors may equal more demands on the county but as the TOT revenue increases as a result, there will be more money available for those same resources that require funding with or without tourists. Cutting the funding of the one key marketing organizations could be cutting that source of revenue as well.

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