The long-term financial future is much brighter for the Montour Preserve near Washingtonville and Montour Area Recreation Commission which oversees operations at the preserve. Montour County Commissioners voted Tuesday to increase the county hotel tax from 3 to 5 percent. The increase is expected to bring in about $167,000 annually, and all of that money will go to the Montour Preserve and the rec commission. Without the tax increase, the Montour Area Recreation Commission (MARC) believed it would have to close the preserve next September due to a lack of funding and donations. MARC Executive Director Bob Stoudt tells our news partner Newswatch 16 that the hotel money means the Montour Preserve won’t just survive—it’ll thrive. The hotel tax increase benefiting the preserve will go into effect in January of 2020.