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Additional One-Percent Sales Tax Extended for Two More Years

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

In the third of a series of necessary actions, the Legislature extended for two more years the added one-percent sales tax for the County, authorized as required by the New York State Legislature, as it has been in two-year increments since 1992.  Approval came without dissent, with Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera excused.  The tax, which must be renewed every two years under state law, is now extended through the end of November, 2017.  Budget chair Jim Dennis remarked that, without this approval, the County would lose $10 million in sales tax revenue.  Legislature Chair Mike Lane said that “it’s sad that we have to do this every two years,” since the State has refused to modify the requirement for biennial re-authorizations.