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Legislature Requests Continued Sales Tax Authorization

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Legislature Requests Continued Sales Tax Authorization

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
By a vote of 13-1 (Legislator Frank Proto voting no and Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera excused), requested State authorization to extend the additional one percent sales tax rate in Tompkins County, which expires at the end of next year, such authorization requested and received since 1991. Under state law, the authorization, beyond the 3% authorization possessed by counties by law, must be approved by the Legislature every two years. The measure notes that should the additional one percent authority expire, it would require a more than $10 million reduction in County expenditures or a 25% increase in County property tax rates, and would also significantly affect other county municipalities. The current tax authority expires as of November 30, 2011.